10 species most in danger of extinction and the threats that afflict them

Species extinction is a sad reality that threatens the biological diversity of our planet

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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10 species most in danger of extinction and the threats that afflict them

Species extinction is a sad reality that threatens the biological diversity of our planet. It is crucial to raise awareness about these pressing issues to take effective conservation and preservation measures. Orangutans, our closest relatives in the animal kingdom, face rapid habitat loss due to deforestation and land conversion for agriculture.

Poaching for the illegal puppy trade is another serious threat they face.

The Siberian tiger is one of the most threatened species on the planet, mainly due to poaching for the trade in skins and body parts. Furthermore, deforestation and the reduction of its large natural habitat have significantly reduced its population.

Thanks to the value of its horns on the black market, the black rhino has become a prey for relentless poaching. Illegal hunting and habitat destruction have brought this species to the brink of extinction.

The pangolin is the most trafficked mammal in the world, as its scales and meat are sought in the illegal trade.

This solitary and harmless animal is hunted mercilessly, putting its survival at risk.

The reduction of sea ice habitats due to climate change poses a serious threat to the polar bear. The decrease in ice shelves makes it more difficult for these magnificent Arctic animals to hunt for food and survive.

10 species most in danger of extinction and the threats that afflict them

The blue whale, the world's largest marine mammal, has historically been hunted for its oil and meat. Although it is protected today, environmental changes caused by pollution and global warming threaten its reproduction and survival.

Mountain gorillas live in the mountainous areas of Central Africa, in a constant state of danger due to human conflict and disease. Deforestation, illegal activities and the spread of human-borne diseases are factors that threaten their survival.

Sea turtles face bycatch in the world's seas and oceans. Plastic and marine pollution also pose a threat to their populations, compromising their nutrition and reproduction.

Poaching for ivory has left African elephants in a constant fight for survival.

The vast demand for ivory on the black market has dramatically reduced elephant numbers in Africa.

The snow leopard is at risk due to poaching and the alteration of its natural habitat caused by climate change. Their skin and bones are traded illegally, while the reduction of Alpine areas affects their hunting and reproduction.

Preserving biodiversity and protecting endangered species is a task that requires collective efforts and global commitment. Tackling deforestation, limiting the illegal wildlife trade, reducing pollution and establishing protected areas are just some of the crucial actions we must take to allow these threatened species to survive for future generations.

Each of us can make a difference by committing to changing our habits and spreading awareness about the importance of preserving the beauty and complexity of life in the Earth's ecosystem.