An endangered species is one that is close to becoming extinct. Some of the reasons why species are endangered are habitat loss, hunting and fishing, and pollution. Habitat loss is when the rainforest are destroyed and cut down by humans for human settlement, lumber, and farming. The rainforest is being destroyed so fast that the species that live there are dying off before they have time to move. Hunting and fishing is when many humans hunt the species to the point of extinction. Even though many endangered species are illegal to hunt, people are still hunting them for their fur, meat, or to trade. Human pollution is killing off many species; the pollution is destroying the health and habitat of these species. Some endangered animals of the tropical rainforest are gorillas, golden lion tamarin, chimpanzees, orangutans, jaguars, harpy eagles, and toucans.
Orangutan: Orangutans live in the trees. They are endangered because of habitat loss, and their habitats are being destroyed by deforestation. Another reason why the are endangerd are because of humans. Humans are the only predators of the orangutans. They hunt, trap, and sell them for pets. There is about 15,000 to 20,000 orangutans left in the world today.
Jaguars: Jaguars live in the Amazon Rainforest. They are endangered because of habitat loss and hunting, even though hunting them is illegal. Deforestation is another reason why they are extinct. There are about 15,000 jaguars left in the world today.