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6 Species Facing Extinction Without Protection

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6 Species Facing Extinction Without Protection

By David DeFranza, TreeHugger

Tigers, black rhinoceros, and giant pandas attract a lot of attention from conservationists and wildlife lovers—and with good reason. The global populations for these species number in the thousands or even less and their habitats are rapidly degrading.

Dig deeper into endangered lists, however, and hundreds more species turn up which—while they may have a greater population—are facing challenges that make their futures look grim. But just because a species is not on the Endangered Species List does not mean it’s safe from harm. From the millions of frogs harvested each year for their legs to the sage grouse facing encroaching oil drillers, species struggle even without special conservation designations.

Frogs

Around the world, frogs are in trouble. Threatened by disease—notably Chytridiomycosis—pollution, and habitat destruction, some areas have experienced an 80 percent decline in local populations.

10 Strange New Frog Species

The losses are not limited to endangered species. One of the growing threats to frogs is the global demand for frogs legs. Targeting typically common frog species—like the green pond frog—the world’s insatiable appetite for frogs legs—including 4.6 million pounds in the United States, 4.4 million pounds in Asia, and 9.2 million pounds in Europe annually—is proving to be unsustainable. Billions of frogs a year are harvested for their legs, pushing some local populations past the point of collapse.

Photo credit: j / f / photos / Creative Commons

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3:04AM PST on Feb 6, 2012

People are destroying habitats,killing any animal that walks swims or flies. One day everyday animals like sparrows and gray squirrels will be a rare sight.

2:15PM PST on Jan 16, 2012

Keep sharing and caring.

12:18PM PST on Jan 14, 2012

We really need to stop all animal destruction. As every one of them has a place in the structure of natures plans. Live and let live .

7:49PM PST on Dec 28, 2011

This sucks.

11:20AM PST on Dec 25, 2011

Man’s onslaught against nature - against every living thing on the face of this earth including himself - is relentless. I’m not sure how everyone is fooling themselves into thinking everything is going to get better - that given time - things will work themselves out. It isn’t going to happen - because it seems we are incapable of seeing what is happening right now - under our very noses. The species in this article are under attack from all sides - oil & gas interests - ranchers - urban sprawl - and climate change resulting directly from the way all of us lead our so-called normal lives. We blame those in power - but it is we who are making all this possible - allowing it to happen. Some of us care - but little is happening that will really change the course of humanity. Evidently the majority of people don’t see things quite the same - - -

6:03PM PST on Dec 21, 2011

So very sad.

1:27AM PST on Dec 17, 2011

frogs?really?who are going to be next,domestic cats?budgies?can't we live in harmony with any species without wiping it out?why are we so destructive...?

7:04PM PST on Dec 12, 2011

Humankind is a disease that will wipe out the entire planet ...

Scientists and NASA are looking for other planets for us to live on ... for what? ... so we can go f**k them up also? There will come a time when this planet will be inhabitable.

7:41AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

It's time to end the assault against the wolf. The wolf does not threaten humans, does not upset the deer, elk populations, and is a very shy animal. This speaks of what we have become as a species.

2:33PM PST on Dec 11, 2011

thanks for sharing this and bringing to awareness

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