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- Endangered Species
Endangered Species which may not survive
All things bright and beautiful,
all creatures great and small;
All things wise and wonderful,
the Lord God made them all.
Unfortunately not all God's creatures get a fair deal when it comes to survival of the species. In fact the activities of our own species has made it particularly difficult for many a creature to live a normal life.
As per Wikipedia
"An endangered species is a population of organisms which is at risk of becoming extinct because it is either few in numbers, or threatened by changing environmental or predation parameters. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has calculated the percentage of endangered species as 40 percent of all organisms based on the sample of species that have been evaluated through 2006."
Why save these animals?
I am a human being and my life goes on no matter what happens to these endangered animals, so why would I want to save them?
The first reason would be that your children and grandchildren can see and enjoy them the way you have. This may not be very convincing to people who see no profit in the exercise. So for them the most important reason would be to remember that plants and animals hold medicinal, agricultural, ecological, commercial, aesthetic and recreational value.
In other words if they die today you will die in a not so distant tomorrow without them. So be selfish and save the endangered species today!
Which animals are on the endangered species list?
There are a number of species which are nearing extinction.Their dwindling numbers spell doom for their population and there is a good chance that our grand-kids will not see them in real life, not even in the zoo. Here is a short list of a few of them.
Elephants - Both the African and Asian elephants are now nearly extinct. There has been a 50% drop in the population of the species over the last ten years alone. Hunting for the animals for their ivory tusks has been the primary reason for the steady and fast demise of this species' population.
Whales - The right whale, blue whale and fin whale are all facing extinction. There are less than 250 right whales left. While the blue whale population is the largest mammal on the earth it eats the smallest creatures plankton. However hunting has seen its population reduce by 50% over the last three generations.
Tigers - We may have finished with the Chinese year of the tiger but it seems like the actual tigers are also all gone. There are less than three thousand tigers left in the wild today. Unfortunately they do not take kindly to being held in captivity. This means that despite efforts being made not too many tigers are born in zoos or national parks.
Giant Panda - The symbol of the WWF is indeed a dwindling species with just 2,500 of them left in the wild. This vegetarian member of the bear family is losing its forest habitat and also its primary food source - Bamboo shoots. Efforts of the Chinese government may be too little too late, but only time will tell.
Polar Bear - There are about 25,000 polar bears living in the arctic and surrounding regions of the world today. However with the melting glaciers and global warming taking away their natural habitat their future is far from secure. Already the destruction of their habitat is a serious concern amongst conversationalists.
Rhinoceros - The inspiration for the fabled Unicorn, this great beast once roamed throughout Eurasia and Africa. Today you will be hard pressed to see one out of captivity. Of the five species of the animal the Java and Indian ones are doing well, but the African White and Black and the Sumatran may not have the advantages of protected national parks to flourish in.
Marine turtles - These giants come onto land to lay their eggs and that's what seems to be the main problem. The poaching of Marine turtles' eggs has become a problem so severe that population of the species is drastically reducing. Plus the decades it takes a juvenile turtle to reach maturity and lay eggs does not help re population measures.
The Great Apes - They may be our closest evolutionary family but sadly they too are not surviving too well. Despite sharing 97% of our (human) DNA these Homindae have not learned the tricks of survival as well as humans have. Living mostly in Africa and Asia the Orangutan, the Chimpanzees and the Gorilla are also on the endangered species list.