As our climate is changing in our world, the effect on animal habitats is detrimental.
Some of this has been attributed to deforestation, poaching for body parts, Asian medicine and the skin. The rising sea level due to climate change is threatening the habitat of the tiger.
2. Polar Bear
Polar bears are an iconic symbol of early climate change and habitat loss. If warming trends continue, the polar bear population will be extinct in the next century
3. Pacific Walrus
The Arctic is home to the Pacific Walrus, a recent climate change victim. With the Arctic ice melting, the walrus is experiencing extreme habitat loss.
4. Magellanic Penguin
While they were once mainly threatened by oil spills, this type of penguin are most threatened by warming ocean currents which forces the birds to swim farther to find food. Twelve out of the 17 penguin species are currently experiencing rapid population decline.
5. Leatherback Turtle
This turtle is declining in population, with about 2300 females remaining. It is the most endangered turtle species.
6. Bluefin Tuna
The Bluefin tuna is found in the West/East Atlantic and the Mediterran Sea. It is the source of the highest-quality sushi. The fisheries are near collaspe and the species is endangered. There is a temporary ban on the global trade of the species.
7. Mountain Gorilla
They are only about 720 Mountain Gorillas left in the world, many live in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and war has been declared with gorillas being subject to threats such as poaching. While conservation efforts have been successfully increasing the species, the status remains fragile.