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Consequences of Habitat Loss that You Should be Aware of

Consequences of Habitat Loss that You Should be Aware of

The planet that we are living in existed long before any human set a foot on it. A complex ecosystem developed over millions of years, evolving and perfecting ecological balance year after year. The earth as we know it, has nurtured life for millions of years, may be facing a threat today.

We live in a time when human civilization has reached to a peak. We are witnessing an era of human civilization where science and technology has given us a whole new understanding of nature. We have come to realize that it is very important that we preserve the natural ecosystems ti sustain our own existence.

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10 Species That You May Not See Any More

10 Species That You May Not See Any More

Our actions have caused the extinction of hundreds of species around the world. We are primarily responsible for wiping out thousands of species from the face of the earth. This blog has a list of 10 critically endangered species that may become extinct within the next 10 years.

Below is a list of 10 critically endangered species of animals around the world. This list is based on the research and survey done by All About Wildlife.

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Concerns About Species Of Living Things Extinction & Ecosystem

Concerns About Species Of Living Things Extinction & Ecosystem

In order for the ecosystem to function properly, all species of plants animals and insects, and all types of living and non living things such as air water, soil and so on must stay in harmony. Mother Nature has perfected a system of balance where all different species of animal coexist. They even help each other to survive and grow as they balance out in the ecosystem. Each element of the ecosystem plays an important role, and so, it is important that each species of plants or animals remain in the ecosystem and interact in order to make the ecosystem work.

Extinction and its consequences on ecosystem

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Current Global Issue – 10 Most Endangered Species of Animals

Current Global Issue – 10 Most Endangered Species of Animals

In this article we have selected top ten most endangered species of animals around the world. Picking the top 10 species of endangered animals among thousands of endangered species today is really a difficult task because for every species of animal that we choose, there would be hundreds of other species left out, which are just as much at risk of facing extinction.

You can imagine the intensity of negative impacts we are putting on the globe. As we have discussed in our earlier blogs that the ecosystem is an interdependent community of living and non living components, and every organism or element in the ecosystem play a very important role for the ecosystem to function right. Therefore, how well our eco-system performs depends on the number of components or species present in the ecosystem. It is very important that all species remain and function in the eco-system and maintain a biodiversity.

Mother Nature has perfected a balance in the ecosystem over millions of years which we humans are putting at jeopardy with our man made disturbances. IN order for the eco-system to perform well, all living components, such as animals, birds, insects, microorganisms, plants, and other living things must be left to interact with each other with themselves as well as with other non living components such as air, water, soil, etc. The interaction between these components is connected through a food chain or energy flow in the ecosystem. Below we have top 10 endangered species of animals around the world.

Top 10 endangered species of animals around the world

 

1. The Giant Panda

Panda1Giant panda is probably the most talked about endangered species among the animal conservationists around the world. Giant pandas are bears living in the forests of central China. They are well tree climbers and are recognized by their black furry body, white fur on their face, and black patches on its eyes and ears.

Diet:  Although giant panda’s digestive system is a carnivorous type, whey will eat bamboo shoots. However, they get very little energy and protein by eating bamboo shoots, and so must consume as much as 45 pounds of bamboo shoot every day. They are also known to eat flowers, rodents, grasses, corn, and honey.

 Habitat: They are now only found in the mountains of Central China.

Population: The estimated number of wild Giant Pandas left in the world is 2,000.

2. Ivory Billed Woodpecker

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Endangered Species Of Cats Habitats & Prey

Endangered Species Of Cats Habitats & Prey

Many of the species are declining population at alarming rates and some are even becoming extinct through our negative impacts on the globe and because of our deforestation, unplanned urbanization, and so on. Our negative impacts on the globe are forcing some species to move away from their natural habitats, and some are being forced to reduce population due to unfavorable conditions in the nature.

Today we will discuss some of the cats that are facing drastic population decline and might face a significant risk of extinct if our negative impact on the environment continues. Below we will talk about few of such species of cats that are at risk of extinction.

Snow leopard

snow leaopardSnow Leopards (Panthera Uncia) are iconic cats that live in the extreme cold mountainous regions of Alpines, and sub Alpines in the Central Asia. Their population is sparsely spread over 12 countries in the grassy region of northern parts of Nepal and Bhutan, and vast areas of China, Mongolia and Tajikistan. It’s estimated that the number of Snow Leopards left in the world today is somewhere between 4000 and 6500. The main reason for the decline in their population is because of hunting. Their skin has been used for long time as traditional medicine in china and they are also hunted to save livestock from being killed.

Russian Panthers

The temperate forests located on the eastern coast of Russia are the host to some of the rarest species of cats in the world. Two of the most endangered species of the world are the Amur Leopard and the Siberian Tiger. These species of cats are being forced to extinction because of several factors over the past few decades. These tigers are capable of running at a speed of 40 miles per hour and leap over 19 feet vertically. The decline in number of these tigers is caused by declining number of prey due to pray poaching and deforestation in the area and through illegal hunting of cats. The beautiful spotted fur can sell for $0000 to $15000 a piece. They are also killed for their bones which is an ingredient for Chinese medicine. Scientists estimate that there are about 530 tigers left in the Siberia region today.

Bengal Tigers

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Bengal Tigers (Panthera tigris tigris) has been classified as an endangered species since 2010 by IUCN. These tigers are available in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and in Bhutan. The vast majority of these tigers is found in India, and CITES (Conservation on International Trade of Endangered Species), is talking with India to preserve these animals. The total number of Bengal tigers is about 2500 and they are decreasing in number sharply due to unavailability of pray to support their population. The skin of these tigers can be yellow to brown with black stripes. A male full grown tiger can be about 10 foot long including their tail, and an average tiger is about 3 to 3.5 feet tall, weighing from 450 to 500 pounds. The major diet for these tigers is variety of deer.

Jaguars of New Mexico and Arizona

Panthera_onca_-Amazona_Zoo,_Cromer,_Norfolk,_England-8ajaguars (Panthera onca) is one of the largest species of cats in the world. They are about 4 feet long and weigh about 250 pounds. They are tan to brown in color with rings of black spots called rosettes. Jaguars once lived throughout the southwestern United States, including in the continent of South America and Central America. In the United States, most of their ranges were hunted and brought to extinction, only recently they are beginning to populate their usual previous ranges. Their habitat can range from dense forest, grass lands, and scrubland. Recently, the conservationists have been urging the federal wildlife officials to preserve the natural habitats of thee cats to protect these endangered species of cats.

These are some of the endangered species of rare cats around the world. By focusing on the habitats of these species, reducing deforestation, and minimizing poaching of their prey, we could successfully restore these species and protect these species against extinction. The cat and prey populations will recover once we take necessary measures to limit the poaching of cats, prey species and manage the forests for logging more sustainably.

“Amur leopards are teetering on the brink of extinction. With the establishment of the Land of the Leopard National Park, in conjunction with other conservation efforts, we can now start to focus on how to begin bringing them back.” – Dr. Sybille Klenzendorf Managing Director, Species Conservation

Source: Environmental Professionals Network

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