Changes in our natural environment are leading a wide range of species to become vulnerable, endangered, or even extinct over time. While individual changes might not transform their habitats overnight, they can make a big difference when we all do our part to conserve the natural world.
In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most vulnerable species on Earth and what humans can do to bring their populations back to sustainable levels. Even the biggest changes start small, so don’t hesitate to do what you can to raise awareness and make the world a better place for humans and animals alike.
Most polar bears live on sea ice in the Arctic, and even small increases in global temperatures can have a significant impact on their habitat. With less and less ice available every year, polar bears are now one of the most vulnerable species on the planet.
Polar Bears International and other leading organizations are working to conserve polar bears by protecting ice in the Arctic and conducting important research on the animals. The organization has also educated the public on the way that reducing our emissions will help reduce the rate of ice loss and maintain polar bear habitats for years to come.
Through our Venture Bracelets, Wildlife Collections is trying to help. A percentage of every purchase goes towards animal conservation and research.
Marine turtles are another vulnerable species that face several challenges due to human intervention in their natural environment. These turtles are often caught inadvertently by nets and other heavy-handed fishing methods that don’t differentiate between different marine animals.
Marine turtle populations are threatened by direct poaching and hunting for a variety of resources. Major wildlife organizations, such as our partner Sea Turtle Conservancy are taking steps to limit illegal turtle trades and place additional restrictions on fishing tactics that continue to threaten marine turtles and other highly vulnerable species.
Modern scientists believe that there were roughly 230,000 wild orangutans on Earth as recently as 100 years ago. Today, there are fewer than 50,000 total including both Bornean and Sumatran populations.
Groups like our partners are advocating for new limits on hunting and poaching, restrictions on the orangutan pet trade, and a renewed focus on the preservation of traditional orangutan habitats.
Tiger populations were consistently declining for over 100 years, but they have started to rebound over the last few decades. Contemporary research indicates that there are still a total of roughly 4,000 wild tigers around the world—unfortunately, that still leaves them seriously vulnerable to even small changes in their habitat.
Wildlife conservationists are determined to at least double the active tiger population as soon as 2022—the next Year of the Tiger in the Chinese tradition.
Tigers, orangutans, marine turtles, and polar bears are just a few of the species that face significant threats from both natural and man-made risks. While no individual person can completely protect these populations from endangerment or extinction, we should all be doing everything we can to ensure their flourishing for generations to come.