• Camryn Chasas

Animal Extinction around the World


Over the decade, creatures of all sorts left and right has gone extinct. Deforestation, pollution, climate change, competition with other species, and of course reduced sources of food, are some of the main causes of extinction.

A list of animals that have gone extinct includes Alaora Grebe, Pinta Island tortoise, Formosan Clouded Leopard, Caribbean Monk Seal, Spotted Green Pigeon, Western Black Rhinoceros, Christmas Island Pipistrelle, Malagasy Hippopotamus, and a Baiji. Of course there are many more, but they aren't in this decade.

“Humans are one other leading cause of animal extinction because of people burning down animal habitats, as well as being one of the causes of climate change which affects the ecosystems,” Kyara Gallegos (9) said. Although extinction is a natural phenomenon, it is supposed to occur at a natural rate of one to five species per year. Scientists estimate we’re now losing species at up to 1,000 times the original rate, with literally dozens going extinct every day.

“We’re making more room for new people that are born every day, but then we lose our animals that are going extinct every day when we clear areas for houses and business,” Juliana Prado Velasquez (9) Said.

Even after learning about this issue, nothing is being done about extinction issues. Every animal and insect species has a purpose for their existence and a role within their ecosystem. Spiders, for example, kill other insects which cause them to not become overpopulated. When they eat other insects in an ecosystem, they help control the population of the whole community. Mosquitoes even have a purpose besides being irritating and causing us to itch; they actually affect the hearing paths of caribou and filters nutrients for plant life to thrive.

Every animal and insect has a purpose to help in ecosystems and so did the animals that have gone extinct. With the animals gone, the ecosystems can grow out of control, sometimes becoming overpopulated with other animals and insects. As humans, we destroy ecosystems when clearing areas by burning, chopping and other forms to use the land. This leaves animals with no home, so they fight other animals in an attempt to survive.

To make a change, for ostarters we can clean up the land around us and use the trashcans nearby instead of just leaving it on the ground. Companies and businesses have started using more eco-friendly machines and products. For example, electric cars don’t use gas and prevent harmful exhaust smoke from affect the air. What can you do to help save your environment?


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