The Main Cause of Animal Extinction
1. Chelonoidis Denticulata
Chelonoidis denticulata are at a vulnerable stage. They are large yellow-footed tortoise, from the Caribbean, and South America. Chelonoidis denticulata are killed for their meat that is believed to be a popular dish. It has also been caught and exchanged as pets.
2. Humphead Wrassewas
Humphead Wrassewas previously listed as “Vulnerable” by the World Conservation Union (IUCN), Humphead Wrassehave since been updated to the “Endangered” status. Humphead wrasse has been decreasing because of several threats, such as massive elimination due to living reef food fish trading across its central area in Southeast Asia.
3. Red Panda
Red Panda (endangered) are mainly habitats of the Himalayan forests, which are being cut down at an alarming rate every year. Other threats include accidental trapping, poaching, and illegal pet trade.
4. Bothriechis Marchi
The Bothriechis Marchi found in Honduras and eastern Guatemala has been listed as endangered since 2014 on the IUCN’s Red List. Threats faced by the species are the trade-in pet animals, deforestation and agricultural development. Since frogs are an essential part of their diet, an amphibian population collapse is indeed a serious threat to preservation. An extensive sustainability management plan is urgently needed for the species.
5. Horsfield Tarsier
In the 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the Horsfield’s tarsier is listed as vulnerable in CITES Appendix II and protected by law in Indonesia. The treats they are facing is habitat loss, poaching for the pet trade and hunted for food by native.
6. Clouded Leopard
The clouded leopard is a wild cat found in the Himalayan foothills from southern China to mainland Southeast Asia. The reason they are classified vulnerable is because of the hunting and capturing of clouded leopards and habitat loss.
7. Sumatran Orangutans
Sumatran orangutans derived from the Malay words for “person of the forest,” are critically endangered. Tapanuli orangutans live in Sumatra in the south of Lake Toba. Due to human conflict, hunting, illegal trade, mining, widespread deforestation for small-scale agriculture, and the planned hydroelectric dam, the Batang Toru hydropower plan in the region with the highest concentration of orangutans could affect up to 10% of all its already diminishing habitat and deteriorate essential wetlands.
It’s time to make a change and protect all our endangered animals. This is not just about our survival, it is about the survival of the species among us. They cannot speak for themselves it’s time to be aware and speak up for them. We need to stop these mass extinctions so that the beauty of this world remains intact for the generations to come. Because of humans, the rate of species extinction is 100 times more than the natural extinction rate.