Animals become endangered because of a destruction of their habitat. Animals are considered endangered if their numbers are reduced to such a low amount that they are at risk of becoming extinct. One of the main culprits of pushing a species to the brink of extinction is the change or damage to their habitat. A habitat is not merely a home, it is an environment where the animals forage for food, live, mate and raise their youngs. To put it in focus, it is a place where the animal species have specially adapted to rely on, with any major change in their home disrupting its lifestyle. More often than not, this loss of habitat is caused by human intervention.
Agriculture gets human to cut down the trees and opening up the forest to allow for bigger area for farming, replacing variety of life with a single species of crops, often burning down forest just because it’s cheaper and faster. Then we develop our home, paving roads and building infrastructures over what used to be a jungle. Then there is also the pollution, from factory chemical waste and pesticides to protect our foods. This destroys the home of the species that rely solely on their environment to survive. With that environment damaged, the animals dies. Often, the habitat works alongside a food chain, so a decrease in a certain species in the food chain will increase the number at the bottom and decrease the ones higher up the chain. Destroying their habitat creates a domino effect that will is really harmful to the balance of the population. Thus, the animals that rely the most on their respective environment suffers the most and dies out. Destruction of the habitat is the leading cause of animal endangerment.