Variety is a really good thing! The purpose of this page is to shine a spotlight on some of the places and animals that need our help. Today there are many plants and animals that are endangered or at risk of becoming extinct. Many scientists believe that the most important way to preserve biodiversity is to save endangered species. And one way to save endangered species is to save their habitats.
Threatened or Endangered Animals
All the animals listed below are endangered or threatened. Follow the links to learn why each of these animals is "in the spotlight!"
Biodiversity hotspots are found in many places around the world. In fact, there are 34 hotspots. Hotspots contain many species that are found exclusively in that hotspot. In 1988, ecologist Norman Myers created the hotspot system. He made it to address the problem that conservationists have deciding which areas need the most help. All hotspots have lost 70 percent of their natural vegetation.
One of the ways scientists classify earth's biodiversity is by grouping vegetation into large areas with vegetative patterns. These areas are better known as biomes. Each of these environments, or biomes, has its own special climate, plants, and animals. Within each of these biomes, there is a balance of nature that needs to be preserved. If the biome's biodiversity gets out of balance due to habitat loss, overhunting, or pollution, it can make it hard for the plants and animals to survive. By following the links below, you'll learn more about the biodiversity in each of these biomes.