When I first put an Endangered Board on my Pinterest, I was shocked at the total number of animals that are endangered and have become extinct in my lifetime. It is horrifying. Can you imagine a world without animals?
National Wildlife Day was brought about to bring awareness to endangered animals who do not have a voice. Most of these endangered species are dying off due to humans. Loss of habitat, poaching, pesticides and pollution. Sad isn’t it.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature categorizes endangered (EN) species as ones which are likely to become extinct. The IUCN Red List, “endangered” is a severe status conservation status for wild populations. Granted some species are going to die like dinosaurs, but what is important to remember that we are all in this together. If all the toads died, who would eat the mosquitos?
The Endangered Species Act of 1973 makes it illegal to capture, harm, poach, shoot, trap animals that are on their endangered list. What they try to do is recoup species to a point where they do not need protection anymore. The WWO (World Wildlife Organization) focus is to save animal that help to sustain other animals.
According to Endangered Earth there are
41,415 species on the IUCN Red List, and 16,306 of them are endangered species threatened with extinction. This is up from 16,118 last year. (includes both plants and animals)
What can you do? You can fight back by contributing money, signing petitions and discourage deaths of any species. See our Wall of Shame to see more.