Prior to exploring certain facts about endangered animals, let's discuss what endangered animals are, basically. The animals are categorized as endangered only when their species are at risk, and it is predicted that they would come to an end in the coming years, like dinosaurs. Dinosaurs did exist previously but now their species can be seen no more. That's what basically endangered animals are.
Now the question arises how a certain kind of animal or the entire species come to that risky state where they have to fight for their own existence. That's the time when humans have to make serious efforts to save the animals by eliminating or minimizing all those factors that have made these animals as endangered.
- Animals reach the endangered state when humans start hunting them extensively without check and balance.
- Some people just kill animals because of their inside fear and some kill them just because they like doing so.
- It is true that from many animals we get our clothing, feeding, decor items, and so on, but that doesn't mean that we start killing them without having a thought that doing so can cause serious harms to their species.
- If we do not stop ourselves from wild killing and hunting of animals, it might be possible that our next generation wouldn't know about certain animals of our age as we didn't see dinosaurs.
- You might be thinking that how we can keep ourselves updated about the endangered animals and how we can come to know about the species to care about. It's simple: there is an organization named as International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) that is responsible for maintaining record of all such animals that are at the bottom line and fighting for their survival.
- The IUCN have certain categories with them under which the endangered animals are listed.
- Some animals are in critically endangered zone and would vanish immediately if proper steps are not taken to save them.
- Some species fall in endangered zone that would disappear in near future if humans do not eliminate the factors causing their death.
- Some animals are in vulnerable zone and may get endangered in the coming years.
- Some species are in near threatened zone, but are neither endangered nor face any threat of extinction in near future.
- Some animals are in least concern state and have no threats to their population in the coming years.
- Therefore, through IUCN we can get ourselves always updated regarding the existence status of the animals.
- There are more than three thousand species in this world that have either gone extinct or facing the threat of extinction, namely, bali tiger, atlas bear, dodo, Javan tiger and elephant tiger.
- Some species have been vanished from their wild habitat and can only be seen in the zoos, such as, white rhinoceros, Hawaiian crow and scimitar oryx.
- Certain animals are on the bottom line of being vanished, namely, leatherback sea turtle, mountain gorilla, Javan rhino, monk seal, and Sumatran rhinoceros.
Protection of Species
The animal species that have vanished cannot be recovered but, at least, we as humans can save those that are about to go extinct from this world. Some awareness programs should be launched and the importance of every animal species needs to be conveyed to the ordinary human beings, so that endangered animals can be saved as soon as possible.
If we study in depth, we would find that it is not just humans who are responsible for animals' endangerment. There are different other factors as well contributing towards their death and decline, such as, climate change, lack of food items, loss of natural habitat, and so on. Global warming is another factor pushing the creatures towards decline and destruction. Therefore, we as humans can control only the increased killing and hunting of different organisms to save them for our next generations, because the natural calamities are simply uncontrollable.
We can also introduce certain laws that prohibit humans from unnecessary hunting and killing of all the species that are at risk. Though there are laws in few countries, but the very need is to introduce such rules & regulations throughout the world to save the animals of our global village.