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The Extinction of Animals

By Hope Daniels

There are 100,000,000 different species on earth and experts have calculated that the extinction rate of species in one year is 0.1%. If this keeps going at the same rate then at least 10.000 species will be extinct by the end of that year. 

Here are some of the animals that went extinct in 2020:

  1. Splendid poison frog.
  2. Jalpa false brook salamander.
  3. Simeulue Hill myna.
  4. Lost shark. 
  5. Smooth handfish. 
  6. Lake Lanao freshwater fish. 
  7. Chiriqui harlequin frog

We have already lost 15 species in 2020 and there are now 41,415 species endangered in 2021 and the year has only just begun.

Here are some of the animals that will be extinct by 2050 if we don’t help now:

  1. Orangutans 
  2. Lemurs 
  3. Hawksbill turtle 
  4. Polar bears
  5. Rhinos 
  6. Cheetahs 
  7. Gorillas 
  8. Vaquitas 

There is a way to take action to help stop this madness. To help stop extinction going so fast, educate your family and friends about endangered species, recycle and buy sustainable products, reduce your water consumption, and volunteer your time to help endangered species in your area. 

There are many more things you can do to help stop this. Even though animal and species extinction are completely natural to happen in some cases, the way the world works, things we do such as over-hunting, polluting, and contributing to deforestation make it happen faster. It is unnatural for it to happen as fast as it has been happening recently. 

Many people have been talking about this, and there are so many articles written over the years about topics such as this one in the news. You might be getting tired of hearing the same things, but animals are dying and going extinct. 

We need to take action now and help with even the small contributions such as reducing plastic use or donating a small amount of money. You can donate to places like the World Wildlife Foundation that spend their time trying to help the large number of animals from going extinct and stop people from over-hunting. You don’t want your kids growing up in a world without the animals that you grew up with like gorillas and polar bears.

If you want to learn more about animals going extinct or donate and other ways you can help as an individual, go to this link below.  https://www.worldwildlife.org/?_ga=2.97933593.741080523.1617553713-1893689763.1617553713