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Most Endangered Animals #1: The Hawksbill Turtle

by Victoria Quackenbush October 17, 2017

Most Endangered Animals #1: The Hawksbill Turtle

Do you know the top 5 most endangered animals in the world? Up until this point, neither did I. You just assume that there’s a lot of endangered animals and there’s really nothing that we can do to save them all. But you might be more that you can do than you think, as long as you’re willing to educate yourself. That’s what this series is here to tell you more about these amazing animals that are truly in danger.

The series will start with the 5th most endangered animal, the Hawksbill Turtle.

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According to Owlcation, the turtle’s scientific name is Eretmochelys imbricate and it’s located throughout the tropics and subtropics. Their total population right now is only 8,000 nesting females.

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“With a range that covers all the world's tropical and sub-tropical seas, the hawksbill turtle population has decreased by 80% over the last three generations.” The website states, continuing on to talk about what’s really hurting them.

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“The major threat facing the hawksbill turtle is the tortoiseshell trade. In the last 100 years, millions have been killed for their shells. Habitat destruction by human beach front development, excessive collection of their eggs, and poaching for meat are other major threats to their survival.”

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So what can you do to help these beautiful creatures? The only tried and true charity that you can actually donate to to help these animals is through the WWF. You can symbolically “adopt” a turtle here. Plans range from $25 to $75, the most popular plan is for just $55 dollars, you get a turtle plush, photo, species card, adoption certificate and gift bag.

 

The WWF Website explains that “Having survived the extinction of the dinosaurs, marine turtles still inhabit the oceans’ open waters and coastal habitats, feeding on jellyfish and other aquatic plants and animals. Critically endangered, the sea turtle is at risk from many factors, including habitat destruction, entanglement in fishing gear, hunting and egg collection, climate change and pollution.”

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By far, the WWF takes care for these sea turtles the most and that’s what will keep them from going extinct. Stay tuned for the next article where we’ll reveal the #4 most endangered animal and what you can do to help them!

 



Victoria Quackenbush
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