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IN Animals ON 16 Mar, 2015
What causes an animal to become endangered or for that matter extinct? The reasons behind this issue are unbelievable but resolvable.
The major causes include loss of habitat and poaching. Conservation of their natural habitats is the least human beings can do for them.
Even after a drastic reduction in population of the below-mentioned animals, the shocking aspect is that several African countries are still allowing their hunting. Ultimately, every living being needs protection and so do these endangered animals. It is high time for human beings to realize the importance of conserving nature.
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Being the fastest land mammal on earth, Cheetah can achieve speeds of up to 113km/hour. Sadly, every year up to 150 cheetahs are legally hunted in Namibia. Apparently, their hunting is also legal in Botswana and Zimbabwe.
Counted slightly over four thousand, African wild dogs are found in very small number as a result of disease and human interference which included hunting them for meat.
A.k.a Savanna elephant, are the largest living terrestrial mammal in the world. Their numbers are approximately around 6,00,000. Poaching and loss of habitat has majorly pushed these animals to the point of extinction.
Ethiopian wolf has features very similar to coyote and travel in packs. With a severe decline in their habitat, a slight more than 400 Ethiopian wolves were accounted for.
It is a matter of shame that hunting of Black Rhino is still considered legal in Namibia and South Africa. They are usually poached for their horns to make medicines.
Despite being huge animals, Pygmy Hippopotamus are difficult to find. Their numbers have drastically reduced to around 1500's mainly due to deforestation and hunting.
With numbers around just a bit over two hundred, Addax a.k.a White Antelope moves around in deserts and are usually lead by males. Their numbers have constantly decreased due to hunting and drought.
A.k.a black-footed penguin are decreasing in their numbers mostly due to commercial fisheries, penguins getting caught in nets and oil spills.
A.k.a the King of the Beast, African lions reduced in number mainly due to hunting, loss of habitat and poisonings. Their numbers are approximated a little over 22,000.
Popular for their bushmeat, approximately four hundred gorillas are killed every year. Their smoked meat is sold in the Republic of Congo. Adding to this, they have a very low reproduction rate which makes it even more difficult for them to increase their population. Feel free to share this story with your friends and family.