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Nevertheless, dozens of mouse subspecies are going extinct around the world. For example, the Pacific pocket mouse is sitting on some of the most desirable coastal real estate in California.
Fortunately, this little guy is protected by conservation regulations strong enough to deter developers from pursuing building projects in coastal lands worth millions of dollars, causing projects to be put on hold or completely shut down to insure the health and safety of its habitat.
Thinkstock Monkeys Hunting and habitat loss are two reasons Spider monkeys in Central America are disappearing. Spider monkeys require large areas of forest for a healthy habitat and have been subject to population decline due to deforestation in areas of Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador and Belize.
Spider Wild america going to extinction have a slow reproductive cycle and are no longer living in areas where they were commonly found in the early s. Thinkstock Wolves Wolves, the largest cousin of the canine family, are a very important part of the cycle of life.
North America's Gray wolves are what biologists call "keystone predators," meaning they are an essential element in their ecosystem. Gray wolves are hearty and highly adaptable, but due to poaching and habitat loss across America, their numbers have fallen alarmingly low.
Thinkstock Armadillos Closely related to sloths and anteaters, armadillos are a unique species with around 20 different subspecies. One variety, the Giant armadillois close to extinction in their wild habitats of South America.
Armadillos live in burrows they dig in the ground, so preservation of their habitat is essential to their continued health and quality of life. Overhunting and urbanization of habitat are causes of their decreased numbers to date.
Thinkstock Corals Many people don't even think of corals as living creatures, but they are key to the survival of entire ecosystems. Elkhorn and Staghorn stony coral species are the first coral organisms to be added to the Endangered Species Act and are currently classified as "threatened.
Thinkstock Horses How is it possible that horses are endangered? Przewalski's horsesan equine subspecies found in Mongolia, were determined extinct in the wild in Scientists have been able to reintroduce the species to its native habitat in recent years, but the free-range population is only a little more than Thinkstock Alligators Residing in North American wetlands, the American Alligator is listed as a lower-risk endangered species.
Conservation efforts have helped alligator populations rise in recent years, but they are still being hunted for skin and meat across the southeast. Thinkstock Sheep Despite their massive curling horns, Bighorn sheep aren't safe from extinction.
One of the three sheep subspecies, the Sierra Nevada Bighorn sheepis currently listed as endangered. In the early s, as many as 2 million Bighorn sheep could be found in California and other regions of the U. Now fewer than 70, live in those areas.
Thinkstock Chinchillas Chinchillas, the soft-furred rodents commonly found in pet stores, are disappearing in their natural habitats. Up to 90 percent of wild chinchillas have been lost in the past 20 years.
Unfortunately, their pelts have been in high demand for decades. Being listed as an endangered species helped stop commercial trade of wild chinchilla fur, but they are still pursued by poachers in South America.
Thinkstock Hawks The hawk is one of the most common birds found in North America, so it is shocking that any of its subspecies would be in danger of extinction.
However, one subspecies, the Puerto Rican Broad-Winged hawk, is listed as endangered wherever it is found. Their numbers in their native habitat have been estimated as few as birds. The Black-Footed ferret's diet consists almost entirely of prairie dogs, which unfortunately have decreased significantly in number since the early s, when populations were targeted by farmers and land owners who viewed them as pests.
By the ,s Black-Footed ferrets were assumed to be extinct in the wild, but in the s a colony of ferrets was found in Wyoming and were heavily monitored.
The later generations of the ferrets were captured and placed in a protective breeding program after plague and canine distemper killed the majority of their colony. Thinkstock Zebras Zebras may be a common sight in zoos around the U.
A subspecies of zebra found in Africa, Grevy's zebra, was listed "threatened" in As the largest and wildest of the three zebra subspecies, Grevy's zebra populations are decreasing at an alarming rate due to habitat fragmentation and agricultural livestock overgrazing.
Thinkstock Cockatoos Salmon-Crested cockatoos were listed as a threatened species in wherever they occur in the world. The Fish and Wildlife Service listed this subspecies of cockatoos in danger of extinction due to illegal logging and pet-trade trapping in areas of Indonesia.
Thinkstock Ocelots Ocelots, twice the size of a domestic cat found in Central America and North America, are known for their beautiful dappled coat, which is coveted by hunters.
UntilOcelots were on the whole listed as a threatened species, but were recently reranked as "least concern" by the IUCN Red List. One of the 11 subspecies is currently listed as endangered in North America. Thinkstock Snakes Garden-variety garter snakes are very common, but in California one subspecies has been listed as endangered since Pollution, urban development and pet-trade capture are thought to be causes of population decline over the past century.The world is on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by says the WWF in a joint report with the Zoological Society of London..
The analysis, the most comprehensive to date, indicates that animal populations plummeted by 58% between and , with losses on track to reach 67% by It's now found only in the Amur River basin of eastern Russia, having already gone extinct from China and the Korean Peninsula. According to WWF, there are around 60 amur leopards left in the wild.
Are wild buffalo going extinct? The unfortunate truth, supported by objective science, shows us that extinction of wild, freely migrating buffalo is a very real concern. Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) understands the complexities of wild bison in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, as well as the threats facing this magnificent animal.
Wild Horses as Native North American Wildlife. by Jay F. Kirkpatrick, Ph.D. and Patricia M. Fazio, Ph.D. (Revised January ) that represented the most recent Equus species in North America prior to extinction.
and we can see that in the phenomenon called “going wild,” where wild horses revert to ancient behavioral patterns.
Feist. Nov 20, · News about Endangered and Extinct Species, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times. Watch Al Jazeera Americas groundbreaking investigative reports. though I suspect the production version will be wild america going to extinction a bit tamer.
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