Number of species gone extinct
So far this year
Here’s a list of other animals that are becoming extinct. We didn’t include the Panda which has hugged the spotlight for years.
Sumatran Elephants – 2,400 to 2,800
Amur Leopard – 30
Sumatran Orangutan – 7,300
Blue Whale – 10,000 to 25,000
Cross River Gorilla – less than 300
There are many others that were not included here. It’s a much longer list. If it’s too late to save these beautiful animals that have always been a part of our lives… what would our world be without them?
We are experiencing a very serious crisis. We are on the brink of another mass extinction and this time, it is faster than the last 5 natural extinctions. Animals are becoming extinct due to reckless hunting and fishing and environmental pollution caused by humans. It’s heartbreaking to hear that an animal that used to number in the millions in the wild, no longer exist or is in danger of extinction.
We humans, among all life on Earth, are the only ones who are capable of consciously affecting other forms of life. We can choose to nurture or destroy, and in the past, we have chosen to destroy – or we just didn’t care.
It sounds like an insurmountable problem and it seems that there is nothing we can do to save these poor animals. But we have to try! Conservationists, Hollywood superstars and governments are all pitching in. There are breeding programs for animals that are critically endangered. Scientists have even looked at the option of cloning. Laws and regulations are hopefully reducing deforestation and there are very strict laws now on poaching and illegal hunting. More than ever, we are fully aware of what’s happening around us and we are trying to correct our mistakes.
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If you notice, it’s like a domino effect with one problem causing another that causes another problem. We have to look for sustainable and permanent solutions. But most of all, we, as a species should change the way we think of our environment and the other forms of life that share this planet with us. It is also theirs to enjoy. It’s not necessary for us to kill off entire species for our pleasure nor for necessity. We have to find other ways.
Read more interesting environmental stories at The World Counts: Stories
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