Threats that endangered species and all animals are facing

Thousands of species from all over the world share threats created by humans. Some unnecessary activities are avoidable and would greatly help all the flora and fauna of the planet, especially the 20 species that are in critical danger of extinction.

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The traffic of fur and body parts of animals can be worth thousands of dollars in the black market. Among the best known exotic species are tigers, leopards, rhinos and elephants, but there are many more who suffer slaughter for the price they have: deer antlers, crocodile skins, bird beaks, jaguar fangs and more. In addition, several animals, especially felines such as tigers, are hunted by a demand in Asian, European, and American countries for body parts (fangs, their genitals, bones) for “medicinal” preparations.


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Deforestation is a direct impact of agriculture, livestock and its own food source (soy, grass). And it works like this: thousands of trees are cut down to clear new areas where animals can graze and additionally, thousands of more trees are cut for crops and production of other food for humans, cows, chickens and pigs. Higher meat consumption generates a demand to deforest more areas for more livestock. On top of all this, habitat destruction causes reductions in predator prey populations, which, in turn, gives life to a confrontation between humans and wild animals, where losers are shot when they hunt cattle.

In many parts of the world, prey population and the main nutritional sources of predators have been greatly reduced by habitat destruction and hunting. Today, the number of prey in certain places is insufficient to maintain a high population of predators such as leopards and tigers.

The only way to see a significant recovery in the number of predators is by increasing the population of their prey. To achieve this it is essential to stop the poaching of prey, as well as a considerable reduction of deforestation. The survival of hundreds of predators is of enormous importance for ecological, economic and cultural issues. Conserving their habitat benefits other species. Here are 4 reasons why tigers, and other major predators, are so important to maintain a balanced ecosystem.

You’ve probably heard about palm oil and why it is bad for you and the environment. The main thing about this issue is the environmental impact it has, and has had, in the places where it is produced. The tropical forests of Asia, Africa, North America and South America have suffered and continue to suffer enormous destruction and deforestation in order to make way for the production of palm oil. We’ll tell you the key points of the consequences this productions have on life, but mostly death. Keep in mind that palm oil has other names. When you read the list and label of product ingredients palm oil may be hiding under a different name. products that you are probably consuming every day but that you don’t know contain palm oil. Here you can read a specific post about Palm Oil, deforestation and what you didn’t know.

These are some of the threats facing all the world’s species. As we continue to investigate we will continue to update the list. If you know of any more that we could add and investigate further please tell us.

You may have seen, on social media or on television, different photos of a man or woman posing next to the body of an animal that they had just shot. This person holds a weapon and, on certain occasions, the head or whole body of his “trophy”, be it a lion, elephant, puma, elk or other animal. This person is highlighting the happiness and achievement that the kill just gave him or her. The killing of a living being in cold blood. These practices occur, even the previous King of Spain did it, he killed an elephant for fun.

There are two sides to the trophy issue. In one hand there are those who reject it because its just terrible, they know that it is wrong to kill animals for fun and pleasure; It’s hard to understand how people pay thousands of dollars to kill. And this last point gives room for the other side of the story, and that is the money generated by this activity. Some support it because they say that with the money paid they cover expenses for the protection of species in places where trophy hunting takes. The money prevents illegal hunters from killing at will. This means that an elephant, a lion or a cougar has to die, sacrifice for the rest to live. Do you think that is fair? We don’t, death is not justified by shooting a living being, and also because there are hundreds of other ways to protect them.

Many business owners of trophy tours will say that restrictions on this activity cause more deaths to the animals themselves than the business itself, that allowing them encourages their conservation since with more money entering they are able to provide greater protection to the rest of species. What do you think?

It is estimated that, per day, 27,000 trees are used only for toilet paper. According to the WWF, brands such as PASEO and LIVI are responsible for the cutting down of millions of trees in Asia and responsible for the disappearance of the habitat of the tiger and the tiger. That is why WWF invites you to buy brands that are certified and that use 100% recycled content.

300 million tons of plastic are produced annually, 7 million go to the ocean. The result, already bad, worsens with one million deaths per year of marine animals, without counting the deaths of those who live on land. Additionally, plastic pollution is so great that there are plastic islands all over the world, one of the largest is located in the Pacific Ocean, its size is equal to 6 times Ecuador!

It is important to know that plastic bags and bottles take 450 to 1000 years to decompose and 160,000 plastic bags are used per second in the world. Therefore, use less plastic, take reusable bags to the supermarket, use water bottles and fewer plastic bottles. Do not order straws with your drink, try to recycle and avoid products with plastic packaging.

Uncontrolled fishing is depleting the population of marine species. We are fishing faster than the speed of reproduction of marine animals. In addition, each year the so-called “by-catch” (incidental catch) kills millions of species such as sharks, whales, dolphins and turtles, beings that are accidentally caught in fishing nets destined for shrimp, fish and other species.

Additionally, fishing nets (made of plastic) are abandoned in the sea, which represents a danger for marine life who are trapped and die when trying to escape. Fishing nets are estimated to account for 48% of the total waste from the famous plastic islands.

Check out this Seapiracy documentary about fishing, its environmental pollution and all the dark business behind this industry.

Many people who get caught in the attempt of hunting illegally have a common profile, and that is that they can’t get a job to live and support their families. So they are forced to go to the woods and hunt, whether they are killing prey to eat, or predators to sell them in parts. Of course, there are also people who do it for fun and because they know there is good money in the black market for exotic animals.


But, these actions you can take now are: reduce plastic use, avoid products that cause deforestation, eat less meat, eat less fish & seafood bike to work, car pooling, take public transport, do not buy any type of skins or products made from exotic animals, avoid circuses (places like Sea World), do not pay or take photos with animals, get involved in what’s happening, make donations and report illegal markets.

Share this blogs and videos with friends and family. Remember that there is a list of 20 species in critical danger of extinction followed by hundreds more that could soon join and increase that list. #LifeIsDying #DontLetIt



Population: 80. They are the smallest rhinos in the world and the only ones in Asia with two horns. Between them and the Java rhinos, they compete for who is the most threatened. Its population does not show growth. They once lived in the eastern part of the Himalayas, now they are only found in Sumatra.
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Population: 58–68. They are the most threatened of the 5 rhino species. The remaining of its kind live alone in the Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia. The last one who lived in Vietnam was killed in 2010.
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Population: 5,000 - 5,400. They are smaller than the two species of African rhinos. They have two horns, sometimes 3. Their population quickly fell in the twentieth century at the hands of European hunters. Between 1960 and 1995, their number was reduced by 98% to 2,500. By efforts of many organizations, their number has increased to 5400 in the present day.
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Population: 2,400 - 2,800. Endemic species of the island of Sumatra. It is one of the smallest elephants in the world. Endangered by illegal hunting and the demand for its ivory tusks. This species is very important to their habitat, they contribute to the environment because when the feed on a variety of plants, they deposit seeds wherever they go.
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Population: 800. The most threatened of all the great ape species and only discovered in 2017. Their number is scattered, they live in certain parts of the rainforests of Indonesia on only 100,000 hectares.
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Population: 13,846. Now they can only be found north of the province of Sumatra and Aceh. Of the 9 populations of orangutans, only 7 aim to have a long life and only 3 have a number greater than 1000.
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Population: about 104,700. Its population has fallen 50% in the last 60 years and 55% of its habitat has been destroyed in 20 years. There are 3 subspecies of Orangutan of Borneo: the northwest (1500), the northeast and the center (35000), the first being the most threatened by hunting and deforestation.
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Population: 200 - 300. Studying them and giving an exact number of their population is very difficult since they avoid humans at all costs and because the place where they live is not easily accessible. Their habitat is being reduced for timber and illegal hunting business. Efforts are being made to create parks and homes in Cameroon and Nigeria where these animals can thrive.
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Population: unknown. The largest of the 4 subspecies of gorilla. Its population has decreased due to all civil problems suffered by the country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Their habitat and their number have reduced by almost half in 50 years. It is estimated that 8500 gorillas live but giving an exact number has not been possible because of the violence that plagues that region.
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Population: unknown. They live in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Equatorial Guinea. Their exact number is unknown since they inhabit the most remote and dense forests of Africa. Its population is believed to have been reduced by 60% in the last 25 years due to excessive hunting and diseases.
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Population: 880. It is a subspecies of the eastern gorilla, inhabiting a range of extinct volcanoes that passes through the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda and Rwanda. Since 1902 these gorillas have been victims of war, hunting and destruction of their home. They live high in the mountains, as the name implies, but each time they are invaded by humans they are displaced to even higher areas where they face dangerous living conditions.
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Population: unknown. Their distinctive and colorful pattern in their shell makes them a "product" of very high value in the market. They live in the world's tropical oceans, especially alongside coral reefs. Its presence helps in keeping healthy ecosystems and corals which have existed for millions of years.
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Population: unknown. Very little is known about this species known as the Asian unicorn since it was newly discovered in 1992 by the Vietnam Ministry of Forestry alongside WWF. They can only be found in the Annamite Mountains in Vietnam and Laos. Scientists have only seen it 4 times to date.
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Population: 1000-1800. The Yangtze River, the longest in Asia, used to be home to two species of dolphins, one of them the flapless porpoise and the Baiji dolphin (declared extinct in 2006, was the first species of dolphin to disappear due to human activity). They are incredibly intelligent animals.
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