In Peril: The Battle Against Animal Extinction

In Peril: The Battle Against Animal Extinction

We underestimate ‘species extinction’. In a world bustling with the hustle and bustle of modern life, it’s easy to become disconnected from the natural wonders that surround us. As we navigate our daily routines, it’s all too simple to forget that we share this planet with a myriad of extraordinary creatures, each playing a unique role in the intricate tapestry of life.

But here’s the stark truth: many of these creatures are on the precipice of oblivion. The shadows of extinction loom large, threatening to snuff out the vibrant threads that make up the fabric of our ecosystems.

The urgency of our times demands that we pause, reflect, and take action. It calls upon us to teach people to be kind and concerned about the animals and plants that grace our planet and the very Earth that cradles our existence.

In this article, we’ll embark on a journey to explore the dire issue of animal extinction, meeting some of the Earth’s most endangered inhabitants along the way. Join us as we uncover their stories and discover how, by working together, we can rewrite the future for these fragile species.

The Alarming Reality of Animal Extinction

Animal extinction is a sobering reality that human actions have exacerbated. Pollution, habitat destruction, climate change, poaching, and invasive species are just some of the factors contributing to numerous species’ decline.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), more than 37,000 species are currently threatened with extinction. These species range from charismatic megafauna like elephants and tigers to lesser-known but equally vital creatures like the vaquita, a small porpoise, and the Javan rhinoceros.

Let’s take a look at some of the species that are now on the brink of extinction.

Black rhinoceros

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Black rhinos became critically endangered primarily due to poaching for their valuable horns, habitat loss, and habitat fragmentation. Poaching for the illegal wildlife trade remains the most significant threat, as rhino horns are highly sought after for their supposed medicinal properties and as status symbols. This relentless demand has driven black rhino populations to the brink of extinction.

Bornean orangutan

orangutan posing

The plight of the Bornean orangutan reads like a tragic story of vanishing rainforests and a dwindling population. Their critical endangerment is a result of rampant habitat destruction, a villainous mix of logging, palm oil plantations, and agriculture, which bulldoze their homes and make survival a daily struggle. To make matters worse, illegal hunting and the pet trade add a nefarious twist to their tale.


Bycatch Vaquita by NOAA Fisheries West Coast
Bycatch Vaquita by NOAA Fisheries West Coast

The vaquita is perhaps one of Earth’s most critically endangered animals, with fewer than ten individuals remaining. This small porpoise, native to the Gulf of California, is often caught unintentionally in gillnets used for illegal fishing of another endangered species, the totoaba fish. Teaching local fishermen about sustainable fishing practices is crucial to save the vaquita.

Philippine Eagle

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Wikimedia Commons /  Philippine Eagle by Sinisa Djordje Majetic

The Philippine eagle, also known as the “Monkey-eating eagle,” is critically endangered, with an estimated population of less than 400 individuals. Its decline is primarily attributed to deforestation, habitat loss, and hunting. Due to its large size and striking appearance, it has been targeted by collectors and hunters.

Fostering Compassion for Our Earthly Companions before Their Extinction

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The accelerating trend of animal extinction is a stark reminder that we must instill a sense of empathy and responsibility towards our fellow Earth inhabitants. But how do we achieve this? Here are some strategies to teach people to be kind and concerned about animals, plants, and our planet.

Mass Media

Media, in its multifaceted forms, holds a profound influence in the ongoing battle against animal extinction. News media serves as a double-edged sword, spotlighting the dire circumstances faced by endangered species, from habitat loss to poaching, thus raising public awareness.

For instance, extensive news coverage significantly propelled the global outcry against the illegal ivory trade. However, it’s also critical to acknowledge that sensationalism and negative portrayals within news media can perpetuate stereotypes and misconceptions, potentially undermining conservation efforts.

Documentaries and films can immerse audiences in the worlds of endangered creatures, inspiring empathy and advocacy, as seen with productions like “The Cove” and “Blackfish,” which led to activism against practices like dolphin hunting and captivity.

Nevertheless, some documentaries may glamorize harmful practices or sensationalize wildlife encounters, inadvertently promoting the illegal pet trade.

Social Media

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Furthermore, the advent of social media and online campaigns has enabled the rapid dissemination of information and the mobilization of global conservation movements.

These platforms empower individuals to raise their voices, share their concerns, and contribute to wildlife preservation. However, they can also be a double-edged sword, sometimes perpetuating misinformation or enabling the exploitation of exotic animals for viral content.

Fighting Extinction with Advocation

Advocating for stronger environmental protection laws and regulations is a paramount global imperative in the face of escalating environmental challenges. Climate change, arguably the most pressing threat to our planet, underscores the urgency of robust legal frameworks. These laws are crucial for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, fostering the transition to renewable energy sources, and promoting sustainable land use practices.

International Agreements


The Paris Agreement is a testament to the necessity of global cooperation through legally binding commitments to limit global warming. Equally vital are efforts to protect biodiversity. With species facing an alarming extinction rate, local regulations are essential for addressing habitat destruction and poaching. Simultaneously, international agreements such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) play a pivotal role in combatting illegal wildlife trade, illustrating the importance of local and global environmental protection laws in preserving our planet’s natural heritage.

Sustainable Promotion for Sustainability


Promoting sustainability is no longer a romantic notion but a crucial pathway toward securing a more prosperous and harmonious future for our planet and its inhabitants. Sustainability, a concept rooted in the delicate balance of ecological, economic, and social factors, guides us in ensuring that our present actions do not compromise the ability of generations to come to meet their own needs.

At its core, sustainability encourages us to reevaluate and redesign our daily lives. It urges individuals to adopt eco-friendly practices, from reducing carbon footprints through energy-efficient habits to minimizing waste and embracing sustainable transportation options. These seemingly small changes have the cumulative power to mitigate environmental impacts and help build a resilient and sustainable world.

Lastly, getting involved in local conservation efforts or volunteering with organizations dedicated to protecting endangered species is a powerful and direct way for individuals to make a meaningful impact on preserving our planet’s biodiversity.

Local conservation initiatives often focus on protecting critical habitats, restoring ecosystems, and conducting research that informs conservation strategies. Volunteering your time and skills can contribute to hands-on activities such as habitat restoration, wildlife monitoring, and public education campaigns.

Additionally, supporting and participating in the efforts of reputable conservation organizations can have a global reach, as they often collaborate with international partners and leverage collective resources to tackle complex conservation challenges.

These experiences allow you to witness the tangible results of your efforts and connect you with like-minded individuals who share your passion for protecting endangered species and the natural world.

Closing Thoughts about Extinction

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The relentless animal extinction crisis is a global wake-up call, urgently demanding our unwavering attention. Teaching people to embrace kindness and concern for animals, plants, and our ailing Earth isn’t just a moral obligation; it’s our lifeline to preserving the kaleidoscope of life on our planet.

In the symphony of life, each of us has a vital role to play. Through education, outreach, and resolute action, we can collectively stand as stewards of a resilient and biodiverse future. Our choices today will echo through time, shaping the destiny not only of countless species but also the very fate of our cherished planet. Let us choose wisely, for in our choices, we forge a legacy of preservation and compassion for generations yet to come.


“Extinction is forever.” — Dr. Sylvia Earle


By: Assaf Levy, BioDB


Author bio: Assaf Levy is the Founder & CEO of – a group tasked with collecting conservation data, raising awareness for biodiversity loss and fundraising.


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