The Tweens News | English
On earth, there are about 2 million species of animals. However, thanks to mankind, many of those species are in danger.
A study found 0.9 percent of the world’s 1.9 million classified species were at threat. Australia’s government-funded Biological Resources Study, found 20.8 percent of mammals were endangered, as were 12.2 percent of birds and 29.2 percent of amphibians. Of reptiles, 4.8 percent were considered threatened, along with 4.1 percent of fish species.
Some of the reasons that these species are endangered are: invasive species, habitat loss and climate change. Australia was found to be home to 7.8 percent of the world’s known species. Environment Minister Peter Garrett said the study had shown its wildlife was highly unique, with 87 percent of mammals and 93 percent of reptiles found nowhere else in the world.
According to the report there were likely to be some 11 million species on Earth of which only 1.9 million had been discovered, with millions of invertebrates, fungi and other organisms yet to be found and named.
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