Heading for Extinction

Extinction happens when a species dies and disappear completely from the face of the earth either from human interference, evolutionary issues or natural disasters. Some argued that extinction is a natural phenomenon but nowadays many believe that humans are the main culprit. Incidentally,  it is also humans that are the only saviour that can save and protect these endangered species. If nothing drastic is done soon, it will be an unfortunate fact that future generations can only be reading about these beautiful species or visiting them stuffed in museums. Below are 8 remarkable species heading for extinction.

A Hawaiian monk seal swims in the French Frigate Shoals in the northwestern Hawaii. Monk seals have become critically endangered because of increased ocean pollution, coastal habitat loss, and fishing gear that entangles them.
©  Photograph by Bill Curtsinger
A black and white ruffed lemur climbs a tree in Madagascar’s Mantadia National Park. Their ability to thrive in captivity makes them ideal candidates for reintroduction into protected habitats.
©  Photograph by Kevin Schafer
A western lowland gorillas sits in Tchimpounga Reserve in the Republic of the Congo. The species has declined by 60 percent in the last 20-25 years, mainly due to commercial hunting and the Ebola virus.
©  Photograph by Michael Nichols
Joel Sartore photographed this bog turtle as part of the Photo Ark project, which aims to document all of the world’s 12,000 captive species. Bog turtles’ wetlands habitat is threatened by extreme weather connected to climate change.
© Photograph By Joel Sartore 
A wild Iberian lynx stands in Sierra de Andújar Natural Park in Andalusia, Spain. The decline in Spain’s rabbit population—the lynx’s main food source—and habitat loss threaten the lynx’s survival.
© Photograph by Wild Wonders of Europe
Indian white-backed vultures swarm a rhinoceros carcass in India. Vultures across Asia are declining as a result of feeding on livestock carcasses that contain the poisonous veterinary drug, diclofenac.
© Photograph by Steve Winter
A submerged Cuban crocodile raises its head above water. Interbreeding with native American crocodiles has resulted in hybridisation and the loss of the Cuban crocodile’s genetic identity.
© Photograph By Steve Winter
Rapunzel, a Sumatran rhino, was rescued and lived at the Bronx Zoo until her death in 2005. Largely due to poaching, Sumatran rhinos are now on the brink of extinction, with fewer than 200 remaining in the wild.
©  Photograph by Michael Nichols