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The World’s 6 Most Endangered Animal Habitats

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The World’s 6 Most Endangered Animal Habitats

By Rachel Cernansky, Planet Green

The reasons that animals get to be on the endangered list are many and complex, but habitat and lack of safe refuge have a lot to do with it.

The Gulf of Mexico, for example, has been too cold lately for the manatees who usually live there, and the mammals have instead been turning up in the warm waters of power plant discharge canals.

More than 300 manatees—mammals whose immune systems are weakened in the cold—swam into the discharge of Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Power Station in Florida last week, the BBC reports.

Central Africa

Central Africa’s mountain gorillas might win for the world’s most dangerous habitat, and between habitat destruction and ongoing conflict in the region, their population has been brought to the brink of extinction, with no place to go for refuge. Add the world’s only remaining mountain gorillas living in the mountainous region spanning Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the list of reasons to stop the conflict in that region (which means taking a little responsibility for the role our gadgets play in perpetuating it).

Related: 10 Most Threatened Animal Species

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10:27PM PDT on May 20, 2014

Having been to most of these biodiversity hot spots, it is human habits that are destroying these vital places. help orangutans, lemurs, coral reefs, turtles,etc. Learn to tread lightly on this planet. Support a conservation group- no matter how large or small it will help.

6:31PM PST on Dec 15, 2013

O.M.G... WHY IS IT THAT IF WE CAN'T PROFIT FROM IT, CONTROL IT, OR USE IT IN OTHER WAYS WE DESTROY IT?? tHERE ARE ALTERNATIVES TO WOOD (BUILDING HOMES), IF WE WERE LESS DEPENDANT ON WOOD, COCONUT OIL ETC: THESE MAGNIFICENT ANIMALS WOULD STILL EXIST IN NUMBERS=BUT NO WE'VE DESTROYED THEIRHABITAT AND NOW E'RE DESTROYING THEM! BOYCOTT PRODUCTS THAT FORCE ANIMALS INTO EXTINCTION, PLEASE

5:43PM PDT on Jun 21, 2013

God how depressing is this..,i feel 4 the future generations that will only see barren wastelands and concrete structures. Very grim...thanks

9:06PM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

Very sad, thank you.

9:05PM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

Very sad, thank you.

3:28PM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

Thanks for sharing. Now to get people to protect these habitats.

1:23PM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

Central Africa is not only mined by conflic but also by multinationnals interrest by the wood and palm oil industry...This is a lot for the flore and the faune of Africa's forest

1:36PM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

The loss of all these habitats is due to man's greed and desire to own/take over/pave all the areas of these and other animals. Soon the only animals left will be on 2 feet.

12:49AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

Such beautiful places... good job mankind!

7:32AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

There has to be something we can do!!!
I have stopped buying anything with Palm Oil in it in protest to help save some land in the Forests of Indonesia for the Orangutans.
I'm not sure what to do about the Gulf of Aden, or the Great Barrier Reef, or the Gulf of Mexico, or Central Africa’s Mountain Gorillas, or Madagascar!!

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