In the time is takes you to read this page, one of our planet’s unique species will become extinct. By this time tomorrow, a further 150–200 will have disappeared forever. And by this time next year, over 50,000 more.
This alarming rate of extinction is 100-1,000 times, and perhaps even 11,000 times, greater than the expected natural rate.
One in four of the world’s mammals are now threatened with extinction in the near future. So are one in eight birds, one in five sharks, one in four coniferous trees, and one in three amphibians.
By and large, the cause of this decline is human activities. The land we use for living space, food, clothing, housing, fuel; the things we buy; and the waste we produce – all this contributes to the main causes of species loss:
- Habitat loss
- Unsustainable trade
- Climate change
- Invasive species
- Human-animal conflict
Species Blog Posts
Repairing the beaver’s reputation – and our freshwater ecosystems
What do Cows and Fish and beavers have to do with freshwater health?
WWF-Canada Gift Guide: Six endangered species for adoption
These endangered animals face a very high risk of extinction. You can help by symbolically adopting one today.
10 gifts kids go wild for
WWF-Canada’s holiday gift guide to protecting the wildlife kids love.
Happy trails: Canadians Go Wild for birds, bees and whales
Communities across Canada improve habitat, use citizen science to protect wildlife through Go Wild Community Grants. Apply before Nov. 24.
Five new wildlife species for adoption – in time for the holidays
Few gifts are as meaningful or memorable as conserving wildlife and the oceans, lakes, rivers and forests they need to survive. This holiday season, give a gift that means the world by symbolically adopting a species (or five). Meet the newest additions to our plush collection: the ...