Save The Polar Bears : Endangered Species Essay

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"Save the Polar bears!" "Save the whales!" You may hear people say these things and you may see them on television or online. It is true. We really do need to start protecting our wildlife or we could lose it. There are about fifty endangered species listed on the WWF Endangered Species list, and even more that are vulnerable. What are these endangered species, why are they endangered, and what is being done about it ("Endangered Species." WWF)?
There are approximately seventeen critically endangered species on the WWF Endangered Species list and about thirty-three that are endangered. Including the Black Rhino, the Mountain Gorilla, the Asian Elephant, and the Giant Panda. There are about fifteen that are near endangered, or vulnerable. This list includes the African Elephant, Polar Bear, and the Red Panda ("Endangered Species." WWF).
Why are these species endangered? There are many factors that go into this. Climate change, overexploitation, disease, habitat loss and invasive species. "One-fourth of the Earth 's species could be headed for extinction by 2050 due to climate change" (Climate Change Impacts). Rising temperatures are changing weather and vegetation patterns all across the world, forcing animal species to migrate to new, cooler areas in order to survive. The rapid climate change is likely to outrun the ability of many species to migrate or adjust (Climate Change Impacts ).
Another big contributor is habitat loss. "Habitat loss- due to destruction,…

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