Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.

Kidzworld Logo

Why Are Some Animals Endangered?

We know that all-too-many animals are on the endangered species list – meaning there are very few of them left in the wild. We also usually understand that it’s somehow the fault of human beings when an animal becomes endangered. Maybe if we knew exactly how and why certain animals have become endangered, we will be able to prevent more animals from ending up on the list.


Reptiles include crocodiles, alligators and snakes. 10 million of these creatures are killed every year so that human beings can use their skin to make fashion accessories like shoes, belts, wallets, purses and luggage.

Each year, the sale of reptile skin is worth about $425 million.


Orangutans are primates that live in rainforests. These important forests are being cut down at an alarmingly fast rate by human beings. Rainforest trees are used for wood and the space that’s cleared is often used for farming to grow food for human beings. In this way, orangutans throughout the world are quickly losing their homes – and their lives.

Of the number of orangutans that were counted alive in the wild in the year 1900, only 10% are left.


For centuries (that means 100s and 100s of years) whales have been hunted for their blubber, oils and meat. Because of human beings killing them, some types of whales have been hunted to the very edge of extinction.

In the last 100 years, the total whale population – that means all species included – has dropped by 1.5 million.

Giant pandas

Gentle, beautiful giant panda bears are rarely seen in the wild anymore. Because of rapid human population growth and farming activities, there are only about 600 of these bears left in their natural wild habitat.

More than half of pandas’ bamboo forests – which they really on for food and life – have completely disappeared since 1974.


These gorgeous striped cats are sometimes killed for their skin, but often are hunted so that their body parts can be used in traditional Chinese medicines – even though there is really no proof that these treatments actually work.

Koala bears

The eucalyptus forests where Koalas eat, play and live in Australia are disappearing fast. City growth on that continent has destroyed an astounding 80% of forests in only 200 years.


The horns of a rhinoceros are used in medicines in the Far East and are also highly prized as dagger (knife) handles in some Middle Eastern countries.

In fact, rhino horns can be worth more than twice their weight in real gold.

Loggerhead turtles

These beautiful turtles are losing their beach habitats and the eggs they lay in the sand are also being stolen.

In fact, 95% of all turtle eggs that are hatched are stolen – some by animals and some by people who cook and eat them.

What you can do to help

Adopt an animal at your local zoo, which will help pay for its upkeep. You can also adopt animals in the wild – just don’t expect to meet them face-to-face!

Be green! Reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible to help protect the planet that we share with animals and all other living creatures.

Shop wisely. Don’t buy products or souvenirs that are made from animals parts like ivory, reptile skin or fur.

Find out more about organizations working to save animals like Greenpeace, World Conservation, World Wildlife Fund, etc.

Related Stories:



Related Stories

Many animals on the endangered species list are there because of lost habitat or pollution. Read ...
Despite their fierce and scary image, many reptiles are endangered species including the Komodo D...
Fish are one of the hardest animals to keep track of. They migrate from streams to rivers to the ...
There are about 403 endangered birds in the world today. And despite increased government protect...

What is the Greatest Threat to Endangered Species?

  • Poaching/Trophy Hunting/Net Fishing
  • Polluting - Oil Spills, Air Emmisions...
  • Corporate Destruction - Clear Cutting, Chemical Dumping...

Random In The Forums

-Oracle- posted in General:
1. Ava 2. 16 3. Female 4. Male 5. He left 6. Rather then hate, I'm just not necessarily excited about the existence of some users 7. Don't really have one 8. Symphony X 9. Reading interesting posts 10. Chatroom but I'd get bored after awhile 11. None 12. Black 13. Vacuuming ( I've always wondered if cleaning a vaccum cleaner makes you a vacuum cleaner) 14. None 15. Alex, Max & Kelvin 16. Nope 17. No 18. Down with social climbers 19. Single 20. I'm an only child 21. Yes 22. Ranch 23. Blast music and create an indoor moshpit or read political satires 24. Probably already dead 25. Light green 26. Black 27. White 28. Pink 29. Nope 30. I find things like this cringy but it kept me occupied, I guess
reply 28 minutes
mandarinka posted in General:
If last comment is by a boy - guys wins if by a girl- girls wins! :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
reply about 3 hours
mandarinka posted in General:
 [s:p/zqh]     -somebody sings Christmas songs 2 weeks after it is over. 
reply about 3 hours
yeah and just here thought i use facebook as hell
reply about 3 hours
mandarinka posted in General:
 [s:p/10f2]   She came to me one morning... 
reply about 3 hours