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The Final Refuge of Our Long Lost Friends
Time to do a little sightseeing, ladies and gentlemen.
If you look to your left, you can see the northern white Rhino. Only three northern white rhinos exist on the planet after one died recently in US. None of this animal exists in the wild. Buckle up people.
And if you focus your attention down under, things only seem to be worse.
Due to various factors, not the least of which is inbreeding, cub survival is on the decline in the Amur leopard population. There are about 30 of them left in the world. The same goes for the South China Tiger and the and the Indian tiger.
And not too far away.
And up here in the skies where the passenger pigeons once soared, it’s just an empty space. As recently as around 200 years ago they weren’t anywhere near extinction but commercialization of pigeon meet reduced their numbers drastically. The last Passenger Pigeon, named Martha, died alone at the Cincinnati Zoo at about 1:00 pm on September 1, 1914.
We've arrived at our destination.
We’re arriving at our destination and it’s time to drop some truth. For quite a long time we have adopted the concept that nature somehow finds a balance to correct all the wrongs brought on by our actions no matter how badly we abuse our environment. But put bluntly, we’ve arrived at the 11th hour.
The time to think and prevent was yesterday. The time to act is today.
We’ve finally reached that one point in the line of our species where we bid a final adieu to our allies and the forgotten faces from the past.
The innumerable species of animals and their numbers are at serious threat mostly because of anthropogenic(human) factors.
In the words of the famous American naturalist John Muir, there is a natural detachment from our Mother Earth. While several of us sit in out air conditioned cabins riled up with the challenges of day to day living, with all luxuries and amenities only a button push way, only a few do understand the repercussions of the human deed.
The value of a nation and of human civilization as a whole can closely be understood by the way it treats those who are feeble and voiceless. And it’s a sad truth that while the shouts and cries of our friends echo endlessly, we refuse to listen and act.
For too long, a major portion of humans have become completely disconnected from the present trends of animal extinction and the innumerable threats that such a decimation poses to us.
A skewed food cycle, drought, disproportionate animal numbers, reduced plant pollination, landscape loss are just some of the dangers that this loss of biodiversity poses.
A word from the WWF
To further substantiate this data, here is some analysis from WWF:-
- The rapid loss of species we are seeing today is estimated by experts to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate.*
- These experts calculate that between 0.01 and 0.1% of all species will become extinct each year.
- If the low estimate of the number of species out there is true - i.e. that there are around 2 million different species on our planet** - then that means between 200 and 2,000 extinctions occur every year.
- But if the upper estimate of species numbers is true - that there are 100 million different species co-existing with us on our planet - then between 10,000 and 100,000 species are becoming extinct each year.
*Natural extinction rate means the rate of species extinctions that would occur if we humans were not around.
** Between 1.4 and 1.8 million species have already been scientifically identified.
Here are some of our friends we could lose in 2016.