Threatened vs Endangered Species
There are millions of species on this planet. From plants, animals, up to the smallest microorganisms, these species maintain the homeostasis and ecology and balance in our planet as one serves as the food of the other in the so-called food chain.
But sadly, as the world becomes urbanized, all of the species around the globe are also threatened or even endangered. That is the sad reality as more and more animals, plants, and other species are at the pinnacle of extinction. If we humans don’t respond for them, we’ll find ourselves one day without any food to eat or consume.
“Threatened” and “endangered species” are two words that can be used to describe these phenomena. What are the differences between these two words?
A “threatened specie” is defined as “the risk of a specie in being listed as endangered or the chance of becoming endangered in the future.” “Endangered specie,” on the other hand, is the risk of a specie becoming extinct in the near future. Extinction is defined as zero population or no evidence of survival of the specie on planet Earth.
Both “threatened” and “endangered specie” will both have the risks towards extinction if there is no such method being done to protect these species. In a threatened specie, the population is still big. However, if no such things are being done, these are vulnerable to become endangered and then soon become extinct. In an “endangered specie,” there is a very minute number of population compared to a “threatened specie.” This small population has the greatest risk for extinction compared to a threatened specie.
In the U.S., there are 1,300 endangered and threatened species. People must take the initiative in providing these specie a home and haven for them to live in. As these continue to rise, the scientific community worries because the next cure for such illnesses might be the last specie that might become extinct.
1.“Threatened specie” is defined as “the risk of a specie in being listed as endangered or the chance of becoming endangered in the future” while an “endangered specie,” on the other hand, is the risk of a specie becoming extinct in the near future.
2.An endangered specie has the greatest risk of becoming extinct compared to a threatened specie.
3.Endangered species have very small numbers of population compared to threatened species.