Endangered Species

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There are many endangered animals in the world today, which play important roles in our environment and in our lives. Humans are the main cause of these animals becoming extinct, but with the help of the government and caring people some of these animals have increased in numbers and have been taken off the endangered species list. Many people think that they cannot do anything to help these poor animals, but they are wrong. There are many ways in which people can help to keep these animals from becoming endangered or help save them.

There are many endangered animals and they come in all shapes and sizes. Ninety-nine percent of the earth's creatures have become extinct. Just in the United States more than a dozen insects, mostly butterflies are on the endangered species list, along with over 50 species of fish, 100 reptiles and amphibians, and over 300 mammals. (World Book Encyclopedia 490).

More than 1,000 species are endangered word wide, and over 100 of these endangered animals become extinct every day. Scientists estimate that the total number of species lost to extinction each year may climb to 40,000 by the year 2000. One of these many mammals is the tiger, which lives in temperate and habitat is being destroyed. Some other mammals that are being overhunted for sport or for their fur are the Jaguar, Cheetah and the Snow Leopard. They live in many parts of the world, the Cheetah is found in Africa and India, the Jaguar in the USA and Central and South America, and the Snow Leopard in the mountains of Central Asia. (www.endangeredcreatures.net) (World Book Encyclopedia 490). The Blue Whale is one of the many mammals that are endangered. They live in all the oceans, but are becoming extinct because they are being...



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