17TH ANNUAL ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY: May 20th, 2022
The status endangered is given to species that are considered at high risk for extinction in the wild. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species is a comprehensive assessment of the species that are at risk of extinction. Assessments for their conservation status are based on their population size, habitat, range, ecology, threats, and conservation actions. These assessments are vital for scientists, governments, and organizations to identify the species and habitats that are most at risk. As biodiversity levels continue to decrease, these assessments can guide conservation projects toward critical locations.
What are the threats to biodiversity?
Biodiversity is the variety of living things on earth. Scientists can study biodiversity at different levels focusing on specific ecosystems or they can compile data on a whole continent. These assessments can help scientists understand the health and complexity of an ecosystem based on the number of species found in a habitat. Biodiversity is currently under threat from many different factors. The easiest way to remember the different threats that face biodiversity is with the acronym H.I.P.P.O.
Understanding the threats to biodiversity can help citizens participate in conservation in their everyday lives. Using the Lehigh Valley Zoo’s Conservation PACTS is a great way to get involved in helping endangered animals. Listed below are five easy ways to get involved in conservation and help protect biodiversity from the threats that it faces.
60% of Pennsylvania is covered by trees. This provides vital habitat for many of the species in the state. Even with large areas for native animals to live, there are over 20 species considered endangered in Pennsylvania. Do you know any of the endangered species here in Pennsylvania? Scroll down to find five species endangered in Pennsylvania. See the full list on the PA Game Commission Website.
Celebrate Endangered Species Day at home this year by taking a nature walk to learn about the native plants and animals that live right in your backyard. To help you identify the plants and animals in your backyard, consider downloading some of the apps below as identification tools for your walk.
Written by Dani DiMarco
Lehigh Valley Zoo | Schnecksville, PA