7 animals affected most by climate change
7 animals affected most by climate change

Have you ever wondered how climate change affects animals and wildlife? Climate change does not only affect icebergs and air temperature but also puts pressure on the habitats of many animals. Since it is vital that we understand how climate change affects animals and the ecosystems around them, we have created this article telling you about the top 7 animals that are affected by climate change. 

The Snow Leopard:

    • In the short-term, climate change will likely lead to disruptions in snow leopard habitat. Due to human encroachment & changing climate conditions in central Asia, the survival of both snow leopards and their primary prey species, the antelope and the javelina, are in danger. Long-term, it is possible that climate change could lead to irreversible changes in snow leopard distributions and animal populations. According to wildnet.org, “When people move into the snow leopard’s traditional habitat, the big cat loses much of its traditional prey.”

Monarch Butterfly:

    • Climate change poses a serious threat to Monarch Butterfly populations. Hibernation is crucial for Monarch Butterflies to save energy throughout the long winter months. The extensive winter months also provide ideal conditions for caterpillars to grow rapidly. Due to climate change, the warmer winters cause a problem not just for Monarch Butterflies, but it is a problem for their main food source, milkweed. The higher temperatures hinder the growth and quality of milkweed thereby decreasing the food source Monarch caterpillars feed on.


Green Sea Turtle:

    • The temperature of sand used to lay eggs determines the sex of the young turtles. Due to climate change, erratic changes in temperature are causing injury or death for hatchlings. In addition, if the water temperature is too warm or too cold, a batch of green sea turtle eggs may become all male or all female. This has a direct effect on the long-term population of green sea turtles, due to a gender misbalance to make enough offspring for keeping the population thriving.

Giant Panda:

Sea Lions:

    • There is a wide range of factors that influence ocean currents, including temperature, salinity, wind speed, and direction. Sea lions feast on a vast array of fish, including but not limited to anchovies, salmon, and sardines. However, due to climate change and its effect on ocean currents, their fish prey abundance is heavily affected. This leads to a substantial decrease in prey for the sea lion, thereby keeping their population under threat.


Polar Bear:

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