How We’re Endangering Animals [Infographic]

Wildlife face many threats around the world, from poaching to habitat loss. Global climate change also threatens to destabilize already stressed ecosystems.

This infographic takes a quick look at some of the biggest threats, as well as some of the better known species under assault.

Unfortunately, for every charismatic animal listed — polar bears, penguins, rhinos, etc. — there are scores of lesser known animals (and don’t forget plants!), from alligator snapping turtles to suckermouth catfish.

How We're Endangering Animals

  • Risto

    Greedy “humans” will destroy everything on this beautiful planet !!!

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  • Jan

    We had an unusual encounter in the Chassawitska Park on the Gulf in Florida.The spring fed river seemed to go meandering into more caves underwater while spulunking we felt threatened by a snapper exactly as is described here. Identified by a local he recommended we leave the water for a while we had obviuosly upset the turtle, it was chasing my little girl she had a difficult time to actually remove herself from the area. Then it turned on me as I ventured to help her. It must have had a home in the rock shelf of the crack we were exploring. What do you think? We do not have this species here in Canada so we were totally unfamiliar, and taken by surprise at its aggression. Are these normally aggressive?

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  • Juvy Love L. Lacre

    what a huge number of losses when it comes to biological and ecological concerns….from small to big species, we humans are now experiencing a huge after effects that we have done to our mother nature….what a sad reality… 🙁

  • Faye

    As a team of animal lovers, we were shocked by these figures, can’t help but wonder what will be left for our children and their children… have shared with my team at I Am Now Media

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  • Celeste

    Glaringly obviously omission to man-made causes is eating meat. Following a vegan diet was listed in a 2010 United Nations report as reducing emissions even more than refraining from driving a car. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/02/un-report-meat-free-diet

  • Don

    For the one about the gender ratio of turtles:

    “Changes in temperature have affected nesting conditions, skewering their gender ratio.”

    The word you’re looking for is “skewing”. To skewer something is to stab it with a stick.

  • Noga Shanee

    Conservation, rather then focusing on saving species, has transformed greatly and many of the big NGOs now function in a similar way to multinational corporations with huge financial turnovers and limited presence ‘on the ground’. Giving money to the same multi-billion organizations who are failing over and over again to achieve their proclaimed goals, will NOT save wildlife. The money will be trapped in gigantic corridors, and turn into 4x4s, fancy buildings and exaggerated salaries. Donate to smaller organisations, which don’t have large funds, and which rely on small donations to survive as it is usually the small organisations that do the real ground work.

  • Tasty Burger.

    Ok, but the important question is… How do they taste?

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