THE ANIMALS AT RISK FROM GLOBAL WARMING

Due to rising temperatures, the icy habitats that Polar Bears call home are melting at an alarming rate. There are estimated to be only 20,000 - 25,000 polar bears left in the world.

Adélie Penguins can only survive near sea ice. Habitat shifts are occurring due to the rising earth temperatures, which is threatening the only place that they can survive in.

Pikas are being pushed out of their habitats due to a rise in temperature. Pikas are adapted to the cold, meaning they can very quickly die from overheating. Due to this rise climate shift, the Pikas are at risk of extinction.

Climate change is destroying Bamboo, which is a main food source for Pandas. This joined with habitat loss has led experts to believe we could see the panda population halved by 2070.

Climate shifts are causing reduced snowfall and receding ice, leaving the Seals with nowhere to be, since they spend their time on ice. On top of this, seals are the target of brutal poaching.

Sea Turtles like to live between the land and the sea, but rising temperatures are making this more difficult. Sea turtles always return to the habitat they were born in to reproduce, but rising sea levels risks these habitats being drowned out, which would cause a dip in the sea turtle population.

A Puffin's main food source is fish, particularly herring, hake and capelin. However, due to rising sea temperatures, the fish are moving to deeper water, meaning they are out of the Puffin's reach.

Drier conditions are causing drought and bushfires, which are destroying Koala habitats. The koala population is already sensitive, and it is estimated their population will continue to drop with climate change.

Fruit in the rainforest needs rain in order to grow, and a drier climate is preventing the required rainfall. This leaves the Orangutan, whose diet consists of fruit, with nothing to eat. This dry climate is also causing forest fires, which are pushing Orangutans into unfamiliar habitats.

Frogs have begun changing their breeding habits due to climate change. They are also moving away from habitats they have always lived in. These two factors combined will reduce the frog population.

Rising temperatures have stunted the growth of fruits and plants that Elephants survive on. Climate change is also causing watering holes to dry up, leaving the elephants in a very vulnerable position.

Snow Leopard populations are being condensed into smaller areas of their mountain habitats due to a lack of snowfall. By moving higher up to where the snowfall is, they are moving further away from their prey, making it hard to sustain a steady supply of food.

Credits:

Created with images by Royal Opera House Covent Garden - "Melting polar ice caps, Arctic Circle. Courtesy Creative Commons" • skeeze - "polar bears wildlife snow" • Chadica - "Penguins running over a ridge" • czu_czu_PL - "sardinian pika rodent mongolia" • einszweifrei - "panda bear black" • the3cats - "grey seal robbe halichoerus grypus" • jurvetson - "The Sea Turtle Duuudes and friends, in the Kona seas" • DesignFife - "puffins seabird nature" • skeeze - "koala bears tree" • majeline1 - "zoo monkey animals" • Sahara Frost - "Red Eyed Tree Frog-Agalychnis callidryas" • gavinandrewstewart - "Elephants" • Pixel-mixer - "snow leopard predator cat"

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