Have you ever heard of a Sahara Oryx or Scimitar-horned Oryx? If not, you are not alone. Why haven’t you heard of this animal? The Sahara Oryx or Scimitar-horned Oryx is listed as extinct. While there are still a few of these animals living, none have been found in the wild in recent years. Why is the Sahara Oryx extinct? Due to overhunting and habitat loss, these animals are no longer found in the wild. While the Sahara Oryx still exists, it exists in captivity.
If the ecosystem had been protected, the Sahara Oryx would probably still be found in the wild. When humans or natural disasters destroy a large quantity of habitats for a specific group of animals, the animals have nowhere to live. Without a habitat, the animals have to change their ways of life, which could cause other animals to also change their life. One habitat lost can affect many species of animals and plants. This can ultimately affect human life, too.
Why do you think you should protect ecosystems? Is it important to protect ecosystems, or are there enough animals in the world that the Earth will be ok with having some animals become extinct? Post comments below to explain to why we should or should not protect ecosystems.