Reversing Animal Annihilation

animals no longer endangered in 2018

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Reversing Animal Annihilation

A grizzly bear, one of the animals placed on the Endangered Species List in 1975.

A grizzly bear, one of the animals placed on the Endangered Species List in 1975.

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A grizzly bear, one of the animals placed on the Endangered Species List in 1975.

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A grizzly bear, one of the animals placed on the Endangered Species List in 1975.

There have been five major mass extinctions in the history of the world, and scientists believe that we are currently experiencing the sixth. What’s different about this sixth extinction is that it is the first extinction that is anthropocentric, which means that it is human caused. Human’s actions have had a negative impact on Earth’s environment through our over-consumption. However, not everything that we have done has been bad. There have been several animals that have fought their way back from the brink of extinction with the help of conservationists, protected status, conservation laws and biologists. Here are 10 animals that are no longer endangered.

  1. The American Alligator – hunted because of the popularity of their skin
  2. The White Rhino – killed for sport
  3. The Grizzly Bear – placed on the Endangered Species List in 1975
  4. The Siberian Tiger – heavily hunted until the mid-1940s because Russia banned killing tigers
  5. The Golden Monkey – 93% of their habitat (the rain forest) was cleared
  6. Manatee – hunted for their oil and bones and killed by speedboats running them over
  7. Panda – killed for their fur and because of habitat loss
  8. Humpback Whale – hunted intensely in their rearing grounds in both the West Indies and the Cape Verde Islands
  9. Gray Wolf – placed on the Endangered Species List in the 1970s and remained there for the following 35 years
  10. Stellar Sea Lion – there were only 18,000 Stellar sea lions left in 1979
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