It’s estimated that between hundreds to thousands of species go extinct every year, according to stats from the WWF. In fact, some projections put the number of annual extinctions at 100,000 species every year.

The calculation is based on expert predictions that between 0.01 and 0.1% of all species will become extinct every year, with the number of species on our planet estimated between 2 – 100 million. And while many of the species that are going extinct may not be recognizable to most, an increasing number of well-known species are nearing extinction.

Of course, not all of these species are going extinct as a result of human-caused environmental problems; extinction is a part of natural selection and evolution. However, an increasing number of species are now going extinct as a result of human activities, and the environmental impacts of human-caused climate change.

Sadly, many prominent species from Earth’s animal kingdom, including tigers, rhinos, elephants, dolphins and more, are approaching extinction as a result of human activities in the near future. If you enter your age in the infographic below, you’ll be able to see how old it is estimated you’ll be when some of the planet’s endangered species are gone for good.

Try and take the opportunity to still see some of them while they’re around.

Infographic via ECO2 Greetings

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  1. It’s pretty sad to read such information, but this is how the world works. Many animal species have already disappeared because the climate changed, and of course, because of evolution. I’ve been reading and thinking about evolution. Nowadays, everything is evolving, and once I was writing a paper. It was dedicated to the evolution of primates and mammals, and I can say that there are so many facts and info about it, and I’ve read only a tiny part. And when I was looking for some resources, I found one website with paper examples on evolution, and it was about the evolution of different things, not only about the well-known theory of Charles Darwin. I like that the papers are not long and have only useful facts. Next semester I’ll have one course where we will discuss evolution in more detail, and I’m really looking forward to it.

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