Destruction of an Entire Species

Destruction of an Entire Species

Gavynne Adame, News writer

Every day we are reminded about endangered species, on television, in zoos, and even in malls and stores. Throughout your life you have probably heard older people tell you about how we have to save endangered species, but did you really give it much thought? Saving endangered species is critical to human survival.

Most species become endangered due to habitat loss, climate change, new predators, loss of food, and various other reasons. In the end the most common reason is us:  humans are taking over their habitat, hunting them, causing pollution which impacts their environment in a negative way. I’m not saying you should stop doing what you’re doing, but I am saying you should be aware of what is going on in the world because every 24 hours 150-200 species become endangered mainly because of us.

The most endangered species in the world right now is the Ivory-billed woodpecker. Near the end of the twentieth century it was declared extinct, however one Ivory-billed Woodpecker was discovered in Arkansas in 2004 and 2005. Due to this discovery, it was no longer extinct but critically endangered, and since that discovery it has never been seen again. It is very unlikely you will ever encounter an Ivory-billed Woodpecker because they are extremely rare due to habitat loss. We need to preserve their habitat because not only will it be beneficial to the Ivory-billed Woodpecker’s, but also other species living in the habitat.

The second most endangered species on earth is the Amur leopard. According to census records there are only 20 Amur leopards  left in the world. They are very rare and can only be found in northern Russia’s primorye region. They are so rare because they are poached and hunted for their beautiful spotted fur. If the Amur leopard becomes extinct it will be bad ecologically, economically, and culturally. It is important to conserve their habitat because it benefits other species along with the amur leopard’s prey like deer.