Cutest Animals Endangered From Climate Change

Cutest Animals Endangered From Climate Change

1. Polar Bears


Longer, warmer summers are causing much of the Arctic Ocean to be ice-free for extended periods of time, decreasing the bears’ access to their primary prey – seals. 

#2 Ringed Seals

Ringed Seals, polar bears’ favourite prey, are highly dependent on Arctic sea ice and almost never come onto land. Warming spring temperatures and early sea ice breakup are causing nursing pups to be prematurely separated from their mothers. Additionally, warmer ocean temperatures are likely to boost seal parasite populations and the forced migration of seals to more stable ice habitats will facilitate the spread of disease.
 

#3 Kaola

Koalas have an extremely specialised diet consisting only of eucalyptus leaves. Increasing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are decreasing the nutritional value of leaves, resulting in Koala malnutrition and starvation. Longer and more frequent droughts will increase the occurrence of bushfires, which kill millions of forest-dwelling animals like Koalas. Koalas will also increasingly be forced to descend from trees in search of water and new habitats during dry conditions, exposing them to predators and road traffic.

#4 Adelie Penguin

The birds are declining on the West Antarctic Peninsula, which is one of the most rapidly warming areas on Earth. The Adélie Penguin’s coastal nesting grounds are becoming increasingly unsuitable for chick survival, and sustained periods of warmer than usual ocean temperatures is negatively affecting the ability of prey such as fish and krill to survive.

#5 American Pika

The birds are declining on the West Antarctic Peninsula, which is one of the most rapidly warming areas on Earth. The Adélie Penguin’s coastal nesting grounds are becoming increasingly unsuitable for chick survival, and sustained periods of warmer than usual ocean temperatures is negatively affecting the ability of prey such as fish and krill to survive.

#6 Panda

A new study predicts that climate change is set to wipe out much of the bamboo on which the bears rely for food. Prime panda habitat in China could be completely lost by the end of the century, says researchers.

#7 Orangutans

Orangutans live in the rainforest, surviving off of fruit. To grow, that fruit needs a good amount of rain — rain that has been becoming less and less frequent due to climate change. Dry rainforest environments also lead to fires, pushing orangutans out of habitats and into unstable, unfamiliar territory.
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