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An Endangered Species Essay

The biggest thing we can do to help endangered animals is to take care of our world. Maybe tigers and leopards don't live where you do, but many animals do. They need protection, just like other animals do. There are many ways that we can protect animals by taking care of our own environment.

Recycle: We need to make sure that we are recycling plastic, tin, and paper, so that we don't use our world's natural resources. Every time paper is made or a bottle is made, resources from our Earth are being used. Some of these resources are found where animals live, and to get to them, we need to disrupt their habitat. By making sure we reduce, reuse, recycle, we allow places where endangered animals live to be protected from being destroyed.

Reduce: By reducing what you use, you can also protect our Earth. One way to do this is, instead of writing on one side of a paper, write on both sides. Also, when you leave a room, reduce the energy you are using by turning off the lights.

Reuse: We should also choose items that can be reused, like a reusable water bottle, rather than prepackaged water bottles. By using reusable containers for our water, rather than buying bottled water, we prevent many of our resources from being used up. Another example is use a towel, rather than paper towels.

Plant a Tree: Many animals use trees for shelter, protection, or even food. All big trees began as small trees. The only way to assure there are going to be big trees in the future is if there are small trees today. You can achieve this by planting trees in your neighborhood.

Join an Adopt An Animal Program: There are many endangered animals in this world; there are also a lot of organizations that help these animals. Many of these organizations allow you to adopt an animal. They won't come to live with you, but you will receive a picture and information on your animal, as well as occasional updates. It does cost money, so you'll have to discuss this with your parents, but that money will be used to find better habitats for that animal, as well as fund research for ways to help that animal thrive in the wild. Worldwildlife.org is one place where you can find animals to adopt.

Be creative, there are hundreds of ways that you can protect our earth. Feel free to share some of your ideas.

An endangered species is a species (a population) of animals, plants or other organisms that is in danger of becoming extinct. This could happen because there are few of that animal left, its predators have grown in number, or the climate that it lives in is changing, or the places it lives in have been destroyed. The World Conservation Union (IUCN) has worked out that endangered species are 40% of all organisms.[1]

For more details, see IUCN Red List

Many countries have laws to protect these plants and animals. These laws, if obeyed, can save species by stopping hunting, land development or making parks and reserves. Poaching and other illegal activities, however, can still destroy them.

Only a few plants and animals at risk of extinction, mostly vertebrates, are put on the lists and get legal protection. Many more species become extinct, or will become extinct, without people knowing about it.

Some of the animals that are listed as endangered are-

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A cheetah is an example of an endangered animal