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Endangered Animals

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What animals are endangered?
The Reality...
The Fish and Wildlife Services reported 2,054 species worldwide were endangered or threatened in January of 2013. 1,436 of those exist in the U.S. alone.
Endangered Animals
Mountain Gorilla
Black Rhino
South China Tiger
Sumatran Orangutan
Amur Leopard
A species is declared extinct after not being spotted for many years . Since it takes so long to actually define an entire species as extinct, there is a possibility that there are several species already gone that we are unaware of.
A species is considered endangered or threatened when it's compared against these main factors:
Damage to or destruction of its habitat
Overuse of the species for entertainment purposes
Disease or predation of the species
Lack of protection
Natural or man made hazards to the continued life of the species
The Endangered Species Act of 1973 or the (ESA) protects registered endangered species by removing them from the “take” list, this means that it becomes against the law for a person to shoot, harm, capture, trap, or even attempt any such actions to those species. There are several other organizations that contribute a lot to the preservation of endangered animals.
The World Wildlife Organization focuses on saving certain species that help sustain other species. They protect wildlife such as pandas, whales, rhinos, marine turtles, primates, polar bears, and big cats.
Hawksbill Turtle
Yangtze Finless Porpoise

African Wild Dog
Black Spider Monkey
Blue Whale
Pros to Zoos and Helping Organizations
Most zoos these days use natural-looking barriers such as moats or ditches in order separate animals from people, and also have habitats that resemble the animals' natural environment.
Zoos would previously capture most of their animals directly from the wild, but they now get many animals through captive breeding programs and other zoos. Some breeding programs also help to restore threatened species. For example, after 10 years of working to increase the population numbers of the endangered California condor, the Los Angeles and San Diego zoos were able to rebuild a population of fewer than two dozen birds to around 170 birds [source: Encarta].
Some zoos also take in abandoned animals that wouldn't otherwise have a home.

Reason 1.)

Animal care has improved.
"Nearly one-third of amphibians, one out of every eight birds and one out of every four mammals are faced with extinction [source: Smithsonian]."
Dozens of zoos across North America take part in the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s (AZA’s) and/or Species Survival Plan (SSP) Program, which aims to manage the breeding of specific endangered species to help maintain healthy and self-sustaining populations that are both genetically diverse and demographically stable.
Save our animals!
"What is a fish without a river? What is a bird without a tree to nest in? What is an Endangered Species Act without any enforcement mechanism to ensure their habitat is protected? It is nothing." Jay Inslee
...according to WWF (World Wildlife Fund)
...according to dosomething.org
...according to animal.discovery.com
...according to animal.discovery.com
...according to animal.discovery.com
...according to scientficamerican.com

Extinction is
WorldWildlife.org. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://worldwildlife.org/species/directory?

11 Facts About Endangered Species. (n.d.). Do Something. Retrieved from

Animal Planet. (n.d.). Animal Planet. Retrieved from http://animal.discovery.com/animal-

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How Do Zoos Help Endangered Animals?: Scientific American. (n.d.). How Do Zoos Help
Endangered Animals?: Scientific American. Retrieved from

Quotes about Endangered Species. (n.d.). About.com Endangered Species. Retrieved from

In zoos, animals' lifespans are increased to up to 10 years. In Zoos, they also get medications that they may need that would not be available to them in the wild.
...according to debate.org
Reason 3.

Zoos and other organizations are essential for awareness on the preservation of animals.
Since several animal species are dying out in the wild, Zoos and several organizations help preserve their species by bringing in those species into the zoos, and this therefore helps for the animals' conservation by attempting to increase their population by breeding. Along with this, people can come in and see the animals at the zoos that they otherwise wouldn't see in the wild and are educated about them and how they are endangered.
Based on the evidence that I will provide to you today, I will strengthen my stance that endangered animals should be kept in protection until their species' population rises.
Out in the wild, endangered animals are vulnerable to several dangers.
(the effects problem has)
(Problem exists)
Zoos do benefit endangered species and other animals.
Reason 2.
I propose that endangered animals should be kept in zoos, because zoos help and benefit the animals, as well as us.
Should we keep animals in zoos? (n.d.). The Premier Online Debate Website. Retrieved
from http://www.debate.org/opinions/should-we-keep-animals-in-zoos

"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language." ~ Martin Buber
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