Endangered species are creatures that are at risk of becoming extinct. That means they could some day disappear! That happens because they are at risk of dying out or threatened by the changing environment. Not only are animals at risk but plant life is also at risk.
In the last 150 years we have had a higher rate of extinction and we believe it could be due to the changes on earth. Not only do species become extinct or endangered for natural causes, but for a number of other reasons. The primary cause is the destruction of habitat by human activities.
These activities are:
- Over exploitation of the species by hunting
- Over population and overbuilding which takes away their natural habitat
- Pollution threatens their natural habitat and food supply
- The animal trade for illegal wildlife and for valuable items such as Ivory
There are too many plants and animals on the endangered species list for us to list them all--They vary by category, state, country, and region of the world.
Check out some of the following links for more complete and detailed information.
- You can read what creatures are endangered in your country or state or region
- For a complete list of endangered species
- For a complete list of endangered plants
Recorded Species Chart:
TOTAL SPECIES 1,589,361
Total Vertebrates: 59,811
Total Invertebrates 1,203,375
Flowering plants (angiosperms) 258,650
Conifers (gymnosperms) 980
Ferns and horsetails 13,025
Red and green algae 9,671
Total Plants 297,326
Brown algae 2,849
Total Others 28,849