Mankind is quite possibly the most destructive force to ever hit mother nature. This list looks at some extinctions that humans have lent a helping hand to. Whether by over hunting or over population, driving a species to extinction is nothing to be proud of and it’s certainly not slowing down.
Experts suggest that the global business of illegal trade in wildlife is second in value only to the illegal arms trade.
To date, a good deal of effort aimed at protecting endangered species has focused on habitat protection and law enforcement associated with state obligations under the terms of the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES.
While using advances in technology for genetic research, scientists have unexpectedly found new species of animals. The new species have not previously been classified because they look the same as other species. But research reveals that these identical looking animals are so unlike in other ways that they are of separate species. The scientific literature reported 2,207 discoveries of such cryptic animal species between 1978 and 2006.
Global warming and expanding human population has lead to the extinction of many animal species on earth. The term endangered animals include all those groups of life forms that are facing a serious threat of extinction due to human induced factors such as deforestation, poaching, hunting, animal cruelty, animal experimentation, etc. Read More→
A species is called endangered when there are so few of its kind left that it could disappear from the planet altogether and become extinct. Many endangered animals will not recover and might survive only in captivation. As of 2010, there were more than 1,500 species of animals in the world that have been identified as endangered or near extinction.
Exceptionally high levels of PCBs have been measured in sea otters that died along the California coast of infectious diseases, suggesting that accumulating toxins compromised the mammals’ immune systems. Marine pollution seems to be why populations of the California subspecies of sea otter have not rebounded to the extent their relatives to the north have.