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Climate change, a severe, global threat, affects thousands of species, endangered or not, and is capable of causing the extinction of many beloved species, including Polar Bears and seahorses (for example). Click here to learn more about climate change and how to stop it.
The Earth is currently undergoing the largest mass extinction it has ever seen. Not a sudden or natural mass extinction like ice ages, but a more gradual mass extinction caused by humans and their actions. Although it may not be purposeful, nearly all humans are thought to contribute to this mass extinction in ways that include driving a car that runs on gas or electricity or cutting down an acre of trees (for example).
Species that are harmed by the 'human factor' changes in their natural ecosystems and are heading towards the road of extinction are known as 'Endangered Species' or species that are going extinct. Some well known endangered species include elephants, tigers, orangutans, pandas and rhinos. There are also others that are not well known and may be appealing or awkward-looking, including animals like the Philippine Eagle, Purple Frog, Kouprey, Malayan Tapir and Proboscis Monkey. If these species and thousands more do not get help, they will soon become extinct. However, as much damage as people cause, people can do actions to save a species from extinction. Unfortunately, a majority of endangered species are not being helped either at all or enough and are becoming closer to extinction, and it may already be too late to save some species that are especially endangered.
We need plants and animals to survive as they each play vital roles in their ecosystem(s), regulate the climate and provide us with resources. We're increasingly causing many of them to become extinct, which is unnatural and harms the other organisms that co-exist with them. If the extinction rate of species continues at this rate or a greater rate, humans may become extinct in return. Fortunately, there is a way to turn the rate of this mass extinction around in a better direction, which will help humans and all other species. However, it is a massive task to be accomplished, and the first step is to know and raise awareness.
Visit the "Species" page to learn about and explore some of the world's fascinating endangered species, including many you may have never heard of.