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Endangerment is a broad issue. Below are several factors leading to endangerment: Habitat Destruction . There are many reasons why a particular species may become the universal problem cannot be solved until humans protect the natural environments where endangered species dwell. one that involves the habitats and environments where species live and interact with one another.If you would like to include a link to EndangeredSpecie. Although some measures are being taken to help specific cases of endangerment. feel free to copy and include this banner! Endangeredspecie. it is important to understand that individual species are not the only factors involved in this dilemma. Although these factors can be analyzed and grouped. there are many causes that appear The rarest endangered species information around Causes of Endangerment Habitat Destruction Overexploitation Introduction of Exotic Species More Factors When discussing the causes of endangerment.

This can alter the natural habitat and can cause a greater competition for food. are interlopers. and for this reason. however. causing habitats to be altered and modified. the extinction of fish and various aquatic species in polluted habitats. This can create disastrous results. exotic species may also seriously disrupt delicate ecological balances and may produce a plethora of unintended yet harmful consequences. This is because the soils in which they grow are lacking in nutrients. If the current rate of forest loss continues.Our planet is continually changing. and changes in global climate brought about by the release of greenhouse gases are all results of human activity. The loss of microbes in soils that formerly supported tropical forests. and many of the world's severely threatened animals and plants live in these forests. The strongest forces in rapid habitat loss are human beings. The worst of these unintended yet harmful consequences arise when introduced exotic species put native species in jeopardy by preying on them. Introduction of Exotic Species Native species are those plants and animals that are part of a specific geographic area. They may cause no obvious problems and may eventual be considered as natural as any native species in the habitat. For example. They are well adapted to their local environment and are accustomed to the presence of other native species within the same general habitat. especially during a human lifetime. It can be difficult for an individual to recognize the effects that humans have had on specific species. usually causing only a slight impact on individual species. particularly during this past century. when changes occur at a fast pace. Species have . and have ordinarily been a part of that particular biological landscape for a lengthy period of time. huge quantities of plant and animal species will disappear. Exotic species. However. However. It may take Centuries to regrow a forest that was cut down by humans or destroyed by fire. they are actually highly susceptible to destruction. It is hard to identify or predict human effects on individual species and habitats. there is little or no time for individual species to react and adjust to new circumstances. Nearly every region of the earth has been affected by human activity. either intentionally or accidentally. These species are introduced into new environments by way of human activities. although tropical forests may look as though they are lush. rapid habitat loss is the primary cause of species endangerment. But it is quite apparent that human activity has greatly contributed to species endangerment. These interlopers are viewed by the native species as foreign elements. Natural changes tend to occur at a gradual pace.

pollution. Overexploitation A species that faces overexploitation is one that may become severely endangered or even extinct due to the rate in which the species is being used. a number of nations (including the United States) agreed to abide by an international moratorium on whaling. and the whaling industry brought many species of whales to extremely low population sizes. demonstrating again how human activities lie at the root of most causes of endangerment. while others remain threatened or endangered. . some whale species. Due to the trade in animal parts. More Factors Disease. Domestic animals often transmit the diseases that affect wild populations.been biologically introduced to environments all over the world. For example. rabies and canine distemper viruses are presently destroying carnivore populations in East Africa. for example. such as the grey whale. Unrestricted whaling during the 20th century is an example of overexploitation. When several whale species were nearly extinct. pigs. and limited distribution are more factors that threaten various plant and animal species. may be disastrously affected by random factors. have made remarkable comebacks. Exotic species are certainly a factor leading to endangerment. many species continue to suffer high rates of exploitation. there are demands for items such as rhino horns and tiger bones in several areas of Asia. populations confined to few small areas due to of habitat loss. Introduced insects. Due to this moratorium. If a species does not have the natural genetic protection against particular pathogens. Even today. rats. and limited distributions are frequently a consequence of other threats. and the most destructive effects have occurred on islands. and other foreign species have actually caused the endangerment and extinction of hundreds of species during the past five centuries. Pollution has seriously affected multiple terrestrial and aquatic species. It is here that there exists a strong market for traditional medicines made from these animal parts. an introduced disease can have severe effects on that specie. cats.

Why Save Endangered Species? Plants and animals hold medicinal. a drug derived from the purple foxglove. was historically considered a "trash" tree (it was burned after clearcutting). about forty percent of all prescriptions written today are composed from the natural compounds of different species. In the 1970s. Agricultural There are an estimated 80. Medicinal Plants and animals are responsible for a variety of useful medications. such as wheat and corn. These species not only save lives. The Pacific yew. Unfortunately. more than 3 million American heart disease sufferers would perish within 72 hours of a heart attack without digitalis. ecological. a substance in its bark taxol was recently identified as one of the most promising treatments for ovarian and breast cancer. Humans depend upon only 20 species of these plants. commercial and aesthetic/recreational value.000 edible plants in the world. genetic material from a wild corn species in Mexico was used to stop a leaf fungus that had previously wiped out 15% . a slow-growing tree found in the ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest. Endangered species must be protected and saved so that future generations can experience their presence and value. to provide 90% of the world's food. In fact. Wild relatives of these common crops contain essential disease-resistant material. although we continue to lose up to 100 species daily. only 5% of known plant species have been screened for their medicinal values. but they contribute to a prospering pharmaceutical industry worth over $40 billion annually. However. Additionally. They also provide humans with the means to develop new crops that can grow in inadequate lands such as in poor soils or drought-stricken areas to help solve the world hunger problem. agricultural.

causing a threat to the multi-million dollar tourism industry. is an indicator of the declining health of the ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest. and supply them with food.S. Freshwater mussels which are harvested. They also supply recreational. which depends on the quality of the environment. plant and higher animal species.S. This industry and way of life.000 U. which are at risk due to decades of unsustainable forest management practices. Commercial Various wild species are commercially raised. and overgrazing along streams.S. however. it is an indicator that the health of these vital ecosystems is beginning to unravel. spiritual. corn crop. economy annually. Humans depend on ecosystems such as coastal estuaries. which serve as habitat for hundreds of species of fish. and quality-of-life values as well. 43% of the freshwater mussel species in North America are currently endangered or extinct. listed as threatened in 1990. clearcutting. is in trouble as salmon decline due to habitat degradation from dams. clean their water. Pollution off the coast of Florida is killing the coral reefs along the Florida Keys. The U. The northern spotted owl. jobs and contributes over $700 million to the U. and is the center of Pacific Northwest Native American culture. job-intensive tourism industry. and ancient forests to purify their air. and used to stimulate pearl construction in oysters form the basis of a thriving industry which supports approximately 10. cut into beads.000 jobs and $1 billion annually in personal income. Aesthetic/Recreational Plant and animal species and their ecosystems form the basis of America’s multibillion dollar. Commercial and recreational salmon fishing in the Pacific Northwest provides 60. directly contributing to local and regional economies. prairie grasslands.S. Unfortunately.of the U. Commercial fish species have begun to decline. . When species become endangered. Ecological Plant and animal species are the foundation of healthy ecosystems. These forests are the home to over 100 other old-growth dependent species. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that losing one plant species can trigger the loss of up to 30 other insect.

birds’ eggs. Ways You Can Help Endangered Species Endangered Species Need Your Help! Here Are Some Ways That You Can Get Involved: Conserve Habitats • • • • • One of the most important ways to help threatened plants and animals survive is to protect their habitats permanently in national parks. You and your friends might be able to help the rangers in their conservation work. better still. and photographing wildlife. They do this by removing weeds and planting local native species in their place. Some national parks have special guided tours and walks for kids. and food to engage in non-consumptive wildlife recreation. If you have friends who live on farms. leave your pets at home. put your rubbish in a bin or. encourage them to keep patches of bush as wildlife habitats and to leave old trees standing. feeding. Our national heritage of biological diversity is an invaluable and irreplaceable resource. When you visit a national park. equipment. especially those with hollows suitable for nesting animals. Some areas have groups which look after local lands and nature reserves. leave flowers. take it home. make sure you obey the wildlife code: follow fire regulations. You can visit a nearby national park or nature reserve. Our quality of life and that of future generations depends on our preservation of plant and animal species. Ask your local parks authority or council for . Talk to the rangers to find out whether there are any threatened species and how they are being protected.Each year over 108 million people in the United States participate in wildlife-related recreation including observing. nature reserves or wilderness areas. or even start a new one with your parents and friends. lodging. Americans spend over $59 billion annually on travel. There they can live without too much interference from humans. You could join one of these groups. It is also important to protect habitats outside reserves such as on farms and along roadsides. logs and bush rocks where you find them.

And Reuse • • • • • Encourage your family to take public transportation. Recycle your toys. nursery school or children's charity. Start composting in your backyard garden or on your balcony. • By removing rubbish and weeds and replanting with natives you will allow the native bush to gradually regenerate. It will reduce the amount of garbage and waste your family produces. Save energy by turning off lights. books and games by donating them to a hospital. Ask your parents to buy products and food without packaging whenever possible. Reduce.information. daycare. Take your own bag to the store. It eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers which are harmful to animals and humans. Walk or ride bicycles rather than using the car. Make Space For Our Wildlife • • • Build a birdfeeder and establish a birdbath for the neighborhood birds. This will also encourage native animals to return. • Recycle. Plant a tree and build a birdhouse in your backyard. and it benefits your plants! Ask your parents not to use harmful chemicals in your garden or home. . Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth and use water-saving devices on your toilet. taps and showerhead. radios and the TV when you are not using them.

flowers. butterflies and other insects. Start a group dedicated to protecting a threatened plant or animal in your area or perhaps to help care for a national park. bush-land and rivers are now infested with invasive plants. beaches. You don’t want seeds from introduced plants escaping into the bush. Join an organization in your area and start helping today! Join An Organization • Make Your Voice Heard • • • • • State and territory government conservation agencies are responsible for the management of national parks and the protection of wildlife. and native species often cannot compete with these plants. Native grasses. They are sometimes supported by public foundations. . and maybe even some threatened species. Ring up talk-back radio programs to air your concerns. the seeds are taken into the bush by the wind or by birds. or arrange to talk on your community radio station. shrubs and trees are more likely to attract native birds. Sometimes. plant native plants instead of non-native or introduced ones in your garden. friends and work mates about threatened species and how they can help them. Some parks and reserves. Controlling these foreign species is an important step in protecting wildlife There are many community groups working on conservation activities. Many environmental weeds come from people’s gardens. If you can.• Encourage your family to shop for organic fruits and vegetables. Write articles or letters about threatened species to newspapers. Plant Native Plants That Are Local To The Area • Control Introduced Plants And Animals • • • • • Non-native plants and animals are ones that come from outside your local area. Tell your family.