Five Animals that are Going Extinct in 2017

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via International Rhino Foundation

Lots of animal species are on the edge of being extinct, and this year, might be their last. Sadly enough, humans may be the main reason for some of these endangered animals. Agricultural expansion, pollution, and disease are also more causes for the deaths of these species. These animals are most likely going extinct this year.

 

White Rhino

White Rhinos have long been hunted for their large horns. In Asian countries, rhino horns are used in traditional Chinese medicine. Rhino horn poaching is also very popular because they are used as a symbol to display someone’s success or wealth. The world’s last three white rhinos remain in an Ol Pejeta Conservatory in Kenya with twenty-four hour guard. Two females and one male remain in the world and have become unsuccessful to breeding. The male, Sudan, is 43 years old and has his horns removed to make him less vulnerable to poachers. Unfortunately, he is weakening by the day.

 

Giraffe

Giraffes have faced a devastating decline in numbers due to poaching and habitat loss. The bad news for the animal was announced before the end of 2016.Surprisingly, the species has shrunk 40% in thirty years. The extinction is referred to as a “silent extinction” because of the large failure to notice their plummeting population. Areas that once had been homes for giraffes are now homes to farmland and mining systems. Africa is shrinking rapidly and these amazingly tall animals need space to roam.

 

African Grey Parrot

The African Grey Parrot’s population has shrunk by 99% due to trapping and habitat loss. In December of 2016 the International Union of Concerned Naturalists revealed that 11% of the newly discovered bird species were already threatened and became endangered. Due to the bird’s intelligence and capability of mimicking a human, the African Grey Parrot is wanted by people for trade and money.

 

Vaquita

The Vaquita is the rarest and smallest species of porpoise on the verge of extinction. The species lives in the Gulf of California, Mexico. Fewer than 100 vaquitas remain, and their numbers are decreasing rapidly. The few of the remaining vaquitas live in the Upper Gulf of California Biosphere Reserve, created by the Mexican government. The major threat to vaquitas are illegal fishing. This is because once fisher’s gillnets catch them, they drown.

 

Cheetahs

These incredibly fast animals are running towards extinction. Only about 7,100 cheetahs are left on the planet today. The remaining cheetahs live in Africa, although there is a small population in Iran. Cheetahs face a lot of threats, such as habitat loss, hunting, illegal cheetah cub trade, the trafficking of cheetah skins, and the threat of getting hit by speeding vehicles. Some cheetahs already live in protected areas such as national parks. Unfortunately, two-thirds of the cheetah population live outside of these protected areas. The protected areas for cheetahs are already full because cheetahs need large amounts of space to roam.

 

It’s an odd feeling of possibly never seeing any of these animals ever again. Kraemer student Jacob T. says, “It’s really unfortunate that these animals are going extinct. They are so close to dying off and people don’t even realize that they need to be more careful or just stop hunting them anymore”.