Reason why animals are on the verge of extinction

Berenise Alfaro, Reporter

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) stated that the Amazon Forest is “the world’s largest tropical forest and the biggest conservation initiative ever undertaken.” Not only is it the largest forest but it also contains a majority of the world’s biodiversity. Thus, when parts of the forest are destroyed for agriculture, a variety of species lose their habitats.

As the world becomes more industrialized, the human population needs room to expand. In order to attain more land, deforestation must occur.

With forests being cut down, habitats for animal species that depend on the forest for survival are negatively affected. They become the prime target for endangerment since they require shelter for survival. However, when species are unable to adapt to changes in the ecosystem caused by humans, they start decreasing in population which increases the risk of endangerment or even extinction.

Furthermore, due to humans role in habitat destruction, animals such as the Sumatran orangutan, grey wolf, black rhinoceros, and many other species are critically endangered. According to IUCN , there is a need for a broad variety of ecosystems since “biodiversity is the foundation of life on Earth.”

Knowing that many species are endangered, countries governments’ must decide which species are valuable enough to keep.This means that only a certain portion of critically endangered species has some hope of survival.

It is hard to imagine future generations without the pleasure of seeing ordinary animal such as whales and seals. Rather than being able to go to the ocean and view these animals, future generations will merely have to read about them in textbooks. Unlike the dinosaurs extinction, the extinction of species will be because of human ignorance.  Not only are species for aesthetic pleasure but they are also needed in order for the planet to function.