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Let me live:Endangered Bengal Tiger  

TEJASWINI PAGADALA

Imagine a world without animals. What can you do about it?

A hundred years from now, imagine a world without animals. Scary, isn't it?

Well, all of us might be aware of the number of Tigers on the brink in our country.

As tigers are at the pinnacle of food chain, their disappearance will take down the entire ecosystem that sustains and nourishes us. Of late, climatic changes and human exploitation have been identified as major threats to animal life and have caused many species to become extinct. Endangered species are those that are close to extinction.

Top ten

The top ten endangered species in the world are: the Black Rhino, Giant Panda, Bengal Tiger, Beluga Sturgeon, Green Checked Parrots, Mako Shark, Turtles, Golden seal, and Lion-tailed Macaque.

Extinction can be of two types: Direct Extinction and Indirect Extinction.

Direct extinction includes hunting, capturing and poaching while indirect extinction happens when a species cannot adjust itself to the climatic changes and they decline in numbers gradually over a period of years.

The case of dinosaurs is the most well-known example of natural extinction. Also, “Dodo”, if you remember, is a turkey sized-flightless pigeon that has become a symbol of extinction in the past few years.

Endangered

Turtle ranks number one among endangered pets. Hawksbill turtle and Alligator Snapping turtle are the species that are close to extinction among the types of turtles. Panda has also been added to the list of endangered pets as they find it difficult to adjust to climate change and the destruction of their natural habitat is one of the main reasons. But, we can find a way out of this problem in order to conserve the animals.

Therefore, conservation of animals and their natural habitat is as important to us as our lives because the entire food chain and ecosystem depend on the animals and if they are safe, so are we.

So do your part in conserving animals. Starting from now!

Join organisations that save animals.

Don't buy products that contain animal ingredients such as fur, ivory and tortoiseshell.

Buy recycled paper and save paper to help conserve forested habitats.