Wildlife, particularly wild animals, are helpful to humans and the planet. When wild animals are hunted and poached to the point of extinction or endangerment, the ecosystem is damaged which in turn affects the environment. Such damage can include wild plants that often have useful medicinal properties. Urbanization and development of forest land drives animals away from their natural habitat and likewise destroys plant life. Conserving the wildlife is one essential step to help maintain the delicate balance of the ecosystem.