Let's Talk About Endangered Animals

Let's Talk About Endangered Animals

Orangutans, whales, polar bears, monarch butterflies – just to name a few.
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Many of the animals we see every day, whether it’s in real life or in pictures, are at a threat of becoming endangered, or even extinct, and we do not even realize it. These animals are important in preserving the biodiversity on Earth and I think that we need to make a better effort to make ourselves aware of threatened animals and help to restore and preserve their species.

1. Orangutan

The orangutan is one animal that is critically endangered. Both the Bornean orangutan species and Sumatran orangutan species are endangered, Sumatran more so with only around 7,500 left today. These great apes have a very low reproductive rate, which contributes to their population declines. They are also considered “gardeners of the forest”, which is important because they play a key role in dispersing seeds throughout their habitats.

2. Blue Whale

The blue whale is another animal that everyone has heard of, but may not realize is endangered. They are the largest animal on our planet and are an important factor in the health of our oceans. Hunting whales became illegal in 1966, but this activity largely contributed to their endangerment.

3. Polar Bear

The polar bear is considered vulnerable in regard to endangerment. Their declining populations is heavily due to climate change, specifically the loss of ice constituting their habitats. Like the blue whales, polar bears also play a vital role in the health and dynamics of marine ecosystems.

4. Monarch Butterfly

Even the popular monarch butterfly is near threatened. A recent survey of their winter habitat in Mexico found that the area occupied by their colonies has decreased 27% since last year. The annual migration pattern of these beautiful insects has been disrupted by climate change and habitat loss from human actions.

These are just a few of the many endangered species on Earth. Isn’t it sad to think about the possibility of animals like these disappearing from our planet? There are some ways that we can help to lessen the threats to these species though. We should make an effort to be more environmentally friendly in order to preserve the habitats of the animals around us. There are also many conservatories around the world that aim to preserve and restore endangered populations, and we can support them. World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is a large organization that works to support and conserve wildlife across the world. To learn more about their work and ways that we can help, go to www.worldwildlife.org.

Reference:

https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/directory?direction=desc&sort=extinction_status

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Why Your Grandma Is Your Biggest Blessing In Life

Because nobody loves you more than she does.
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There are many people in your life you are thankful for: Mom, Dad, siblings, cousins, best friends, teachers, neighbors, you name it. You are grateful to have people who constantly support you, who pick you up when you're down and love you unconditionally. But the one person who stands out among the rest of them is your grandma.

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Ever since you were little, you and your grandma have always had a special connection. Going over to Grandma's house for the night was something you looked forward to. She knew how to entertain you at your best and worst moments. No matter what you did together, you loved it. Being with your grandma wasn't like being at home or with your parents – it was better. You went to the park, made cookies, went out to dinner, got a “sweet treat" at the mall, played Go Fish, took a bubble bath for as long as you wanted and got way too much dessert than you should have. You did things you weren't supposed to do, but Grandma didn't stop you. Because at Grandma's house there were no rules, and you didn't have to worry about a single thing. Being with Grandma was the true epitome of childhood. She let you be you. She always made sure you had the best time when you were with her, and she loved watching you grow up with a smile on your face.

The older you got, your weekend excursions with your grandma weren't as frequent, and you didn't get to see her as much. You became more and more busy with school, homework, clubs, sports, and friends. You made the most out of your time to see her, and you wished you could be with her more. Although you were in the prime of your life, she mattered even more to you the older you both became. You were with your friends 24/7, but you missed being with your grandma. When the time rolled around, and you got the chance to spend time with her, she told you never to apologize. She wanted you to go out, have fun and enjoy life the way it makes you happy.

Reflecting back on these moments with your grandma, you realize how truly special she is to you. There is no one who could ever compare to her nor will there ever be. All your life, there is no one who will be as sweet, as caring, as sincere or as genuine as her. Even though you're all grown up now, there are things about your grandma that never changed from when you were a kid. She still takes you out for your favorite meal because she knows how important eating out means to you. She writes you letters and sends you a $5 bill every now and then because she knows you're a hard-working college student with no money. She still helps you with all of your Christmas shopping because she knows it's your tradition. She still asks what's new with your young life because hearing about it makes her day and she still loves you to no end. Your grandma is your biggest blessing (whether you knew it or not), and she always will be no matter what.

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The Victim Of The Jaguar Attack Honestly Deserved It

Thankfully, it will NOT be Harambe Pt. 2

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This event has been the focus of many media outlets such as NBC, ABC, CBS, The Today Show, etc. A woman had climbed over a barrier in order to get closer to the jaguar's cage to take a SELFIE. The woman has recently came forward and admitted that she was in the wrong, but that the zoo should take more precautions to make the jaguar enclosure safer. (WHAT?)

"I'm not the first and if they don't move the fence, I'm probably not gonna be the last." "I never expected. We're all human, we all make mistakes, and I've learned my lesson." -The idiot who crossed an enclosure barrier.

As far as I can recall, I've seen nothing on the news about someone getting attacked by an animal in such a way; unless they were provoked. However, within the past year, this particular jaguar has attacked before because ANOTHER individual had crossed the barrier and provoked the animal. This woman is in the wrong, as was the previous person, but she wants to place blame on the zoo because of their enclosure design. As far as "I never expected", it's a wild animal in a zoo enclosure. Keeping the obvious in mind, she also had her hand in the paws of the jaguar. What did you expect? That it would act like a domestic cat and lick you while purring? No. Even house-cats can be provoked and claw and bite their owners. Why should a wildcat be any different?

The zoo has came forward and made a statement saying that the jaguar, Sara, will NOT be euthanized because she was provoked, but instead is not out for public display for the time being. The zookeepers do not blame the jaguar for the incident because it was the fault of the visitor. The zoo also stated that they are up to USDA standards and regulations with the enclosure. Since a jaguar is a predator, they are required to have two barriers between the predator and the visitors, which this zoo and other zoos have in place.


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These barriers, with any animals, are there for a reason. They're meant to keep the visitors safe from any incidents that could happen. That only gets tossed out the window when someone decides to disregard safety in order to get a picture. The zoom functions in our cameras are there for a reason, everyone.

The fact that zookeepers, officials, news casters, and so forth have to remind people to not cross the barriers of a zoo enclosure is foolish because you would think it would be common sense. This woman, the person before her, and others clearly don't have this not-so-common way of thinking have paid the price for it. Yet, this woman has the audacity to try to place even the tiniest bit of blame on the zoo because it's "not safe enough". Most children, obviously aside from the Harambe incident, know better than this grown woman. Isn't that funny?

So what lesson did we learn from this? Don't be stupid. Use your zoom function.

If you want to disregard safety with a wild animal, go to a safari or travel abroad to an African savanna. Don't cross a barrier at a zoo or you'll be made into a laughing-stock to those with common sense.

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