Saving the planet is about more than just recycling and doing the right thing for the human race. It’s also about doing what we can for the animals that are affected by the choices we make.
All across the globe, there are endangered animals on the verge of extinction, suffering due to changes in their environment or because of things we are doing daily that affect their lifespan.
Unsure what animals you should be aware of and how to help? We put together a list of endangered animals so you can make choices with their lives in mind.
Stellar Sea Lion
The Stellar Sea Lions located in the Western U.S. have seen a dip in population over the past couple of years. This is mostly due to boat pollution damaging their habitat and making it hard for them to survive.
Some organizations have set-up protective areas and habitats, hoping to cultivate an area where they can continue to thrive and survive.
The panda was in big trouble thanks to hunting in their habitat. Thanks to some bans on hunting and significant conservation efforts, they finally see an uptick in population. However, we must keep these restrictions in place, or they could see themselves in trouble again.
If you’ve ever taken a walk across the Hawaiian beaches, you’ll know how magical it is to see a green turtle on the sand. Unfortunately, they’re threatened by hunting, getting caught in fishing gear, and human construction taking over their nesting sites along the coast.
To help them thrive, we need to put more restrictions in place and create protective habitats for them to procreate safely.
North Atlantic Right Whale
Whales have been suffering for years now, thanks to climate change and hunting or taking advantage of them. The Right Whale has seen a rapid decline, with only about 400 remaining on earth. Commercial whaling and pollution are contributing factors to extinction.
We all love seeing the smart, adorable chimpanzee thriving in their natural habitat of the forests and savannahs of Africa. Unfortunately, they’re always in danger of being hunted for meat, which is considered a delicacy in Africa.
Due to hunting, their population is dwindling. Now, more than ever, we need to put restrictions in place to protect them.
Kordofan and Nubian Giraffes
Who doesn’t love giraffes? They’re consistently one of the most popular exhibits in our public zoos. However, the degradation of their habitat and poaching is causing their population to suffer. Though organizations are fighting for them, it’s unfortunately still a major problem out in the wild.
Native to North America, this endangered ferret has seen a severe loss of its habitat over the years. The loss, combined with rapidly expanding disease, means there are only 300 of these tiny creatures left. They’re closer than ever to being extinct.
Only 10,000 Red Pandas are left in the world. While that might seem like a lot, it’s really not. Poaching and loss of habitat have contributed to their decline.
Support laws that ban poaching and organizations that help to build protective areas for these creations. That’s the only way we can ban together to save the vulnerable creations on earth.