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10 ANIMALS YOUR CHILDREN WILL NEVER GET TO SEE WHEN THEY GROW UP

We live in a big, wonderful world in which diverse kinds of creatures are constantly discovered. Yet despite that fact, many of these creatures are on the road to extinction because of global warming, the extending human population, not to mention the demolition of habitats, entrapment and other exploitative practices against animals. According to experts, there have been around 1 to 4 billion species that have lived on earth over the past decades.
At the moment, it is estimated that species are getting extinct at almost 1,000 times the speed of natural extinction rate, which is a rate that determines the amount of time fauna and flora would take to perish if Man isn’t involved. This means that we’re losing about 150 to 200 species on a daily basis.
Today, we picked for you 10 animals that are likely to disappear before your children will get the chance to see them, from a long list of multiple creatures awaiting the same fate, in which some are known, while others might have never even been on scientific records.

1. POLAR BEAR

Status: Endangered.
It is estimated that polar bears will be extinct in the upcoming 100 years because of Global Warming, loss of their natural habitat and oil exploration among other factors.

2. HUMPBACK WHALE

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Status: Endangered.
Although humpback whales’ population is estimated to be around 18,000-20,000, their numbers are in constant decrease due to the whaling industry.

3. SIFAKA


Status: Endangered.
Sifakas are descendants of the lemur family. In 2008, only an estimated number of 250 mature Sifakas is in existence because of slash-and-burn activities, hunting, and loss of habitat.

4. LEATHERBACK TURTLE


Status: Endangered.
The biggest danger that leatherback sea turtles are exposed to comes from marine pollution and commercial fisheries. There are currently around 34,000 nesting females only in existence.

5. SUMATRAN ORANGUTAN


Status: Very Endangered.
The population of Sumatran Orangutans has dipped further than 80 percent within the past 75 years.
6. WESTERN GORILLA

Status: Very Endangered.
The excess of hunting and poaching has greatly depleted the population. Experts estimate that by year 2046, Western Gorilla numbers would have declined by a whole 80 percent.

7. SIBERIAN TIGER


Status: Very Endangered.
Siberian tigers are considered the world’s biggest cats, but despite their size, there are about 400 to 500 tigers only currently living in the wild.

8. RED WOLF


Status: Very Endangered.
Only 17 red wolves were remaining 30 years ago, but after being held at protective areas, their numbers doubled to around 100 today. Deforestation is still a major threat nevertheless.

9. VAQUITA


Status: Very Endangered.
Vaquitas, distant relatives of porpoise, are believed be only around 100 to 300 in the entire world. They are currently located between Baja California and Mexico, in a channel of water.

10. BLACK RHINO


Status: Very Endangered.
Rhinos are considered living fossils, since they are among the eldest groups of mammals. But this endurance did not prevent their numbers from declining to 4,848 only on Earth.

The overconsumption of natural resources, fueled by meat production, is behind the destruction of the majority of these animals’ habitats. That is why many people choose to be vegan in order to protect the planet and some animal species.

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