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What Is Meant By An Endangered Animal?

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Gemma Wyer answered
An endangered animal is an animal that is at greater risk of extinction, due to declining numbers, or which is threatened by environmental changes.

There are many species currently on the 2012 endangered list. These include:

  • Asian Elephant
  • Aye-Aye
  • Blue Whale
  • Black Rhino
  • Cheetah
  • Chimpanzee
  • Giant Panda
  • Snow Leopard
  • Sperm Whale
  • Crowned Eagle
  • Brown Kiwi
There are more than a thousand species on the list.

What causes endangerment?
Most endangered species are threatened by habitat loss, and a percentage are still being hunted despite their dwindling numbers.

Climate change is a big cause of endangerment, with species struggling to survive in their natural environment.

Extinct Species When an animal is extinct, it means that there are no more individuals of that species alive anywhere in the world.

There are many species that are already extinct. These include:

  • Dodo
  • Woolly Mammoth
  • Cave Lion
  • Great Auk
  • Caspian Tiger
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Anonymous answered
Endangered means that there are very few - if any - left of a particular species of animal or plant, (or insects or fish).

The species is then put on an endangered species list, to be protected from being killed or having their habitat disturbed. This is done to improve the population of that particular species.
Every animal has its purpose on this planet to balance out our whole eco-system.

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