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Why are many animals endangered?

Cross River gorilla. Today, it lives only in the Cameroon-Nigeria border region. This gorilla has suffered from a combination of...Read More >>Cross River gorilla. Today, it lives only in the Cameroon-Nigeria border region. This gorilla has suffered from a combination of hunting, habitat loss and poaching for the pet trade.Animals sometimes go extinct naturally. Since humans appeared on Earth, however, many more animals have gone extinct. In recent years, extinctions are happening much more frequently than ever before. Many animals are endangered (at risk of going extinct) because of hunting, poaching or the destruction of their habitats. Some of the best-known animals in the world today, such as the tiger, rhinoceros or the gorilla, are in danger of extinction. Many lesser-known kinds are also under threat.



South China tiger. A victim of uncontrolled hunting and habitat destruction (deforestation), the South China tiger is probably...Read More >>South China tiger. A victim of uncontrolled hunting and habitat destruction (deforestation), the South China tiger is probably now extinct in the wild.

Right whales were a target for whalers because they are slow swimmers and tend to float when they are killed, making them easy to...Read More >>Right whales were a target for whalers because they are slow swimmers and tend to float when they are killed, making them easy to catch. Today, right whales in some parts of the world are among the most endangered of all whales.

Hunting

People have always hunted animals for food, but sometimes this results in animals dying out altogether. This is called “over-hunting”. Many kinds of whale almost became extinct in the past. Now whales are mostly protected.
Island animals, especially flightless birds such as the giant moa, proved easy targets for the first human settlers and quickly went extinct.

Officially, more than 21,000 types of animal are currently threatened with extinction.

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