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What Statistics Tell Us About Wildlife Endangerment

Updated on February 20, 2016
Bengal Tiger - Endangered Wildlife
Bengal Tiger - Endangered Wildlife

Wildlife Faces Mass Extinction

Our planet’s population of vertebrate wildlife, which includes all mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and amphibians, have more than halved between 1970 and 2010, according to the 2014 Living Planet Report published by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

A glimpse into this mass extinction is highlighted by the fact that the Earth loses around 27,000 species of animal or plant life every year, says a report by

Giant Panda: Endagered
Giant Panda: Endagered
Mountain Gorilla: Endangered Species
Mountain Gorilla: Endangered Species
Monarch Butterfly: Endangered Species
Monarch Butterfly: Endangered Species

Why is Our Wildlife at Risk?

The primary reason for wildlife being at risk is the tremendous increase in human population. The human population has increased from around 1 billion in 1800 to over 6 billion in 2000. Scientists predict our population to reach 9 billion people by 2050, according to data revealed by the Population Reference Bureau.

This increase in human population poses a threat to wildlife mainly through:

  • Hunting for food, decoration and other commercial value
  • Destruction of animals’ natural habitat for agriculture, establishment of industries, and urban developments
  • Pollution
  • Oil spill
  • Global warming

Threats to Wildlife
Threats to Wildlife

Critically Endangered

Scientific Names
Panthera tigris
Down 40% in last 10 years
Polar Bear
Ursus maritimus
Victim of global warming
Pacific Walrus
Odobenus rosmarus divergens
Threatened by Arctic ice melting
Magellanic Penguins
Spheniscus magellanicus
Threatened by oil spills
Leatherback Turtle
Dermochelys coriaceathe
Survived 100 mn years
Bluefin Tuna
Thunnus thynnus
Victim of consumption as sushi
Mountain Gorillas
Gorilla beringei beringei
Less than 1,000 surviving
Monarch Butterflies
Danaus plexippus
Threatened by deforestation
Javan Rhino
Rhinoceros sondaicus
Less than 100 surviving
Giant Panda
Ailuropoda melanoleuca
Threatened by deforestation

What You Can Do

Learn and Spread Awareness: Get information about the importance of wildlife in maintaining the ecological balance and what can happen if species keep becoming extinct. Then share your knowledge and encourage people to do their bit in conserving wildlife.

Limit Consumption: Avoid wastage and adopt recycling. Humans compete with animals for food. Deforestation takes place to provide paper, rubber, wood and a host of other products. So, be mindful of avoiding wastage of any kind. Recycle paper, plastic bags and glass bottles.

Say No: To buying products made from wild animals. If people avoid buying such products, the animals will no longer be hunted for their fur, skin, bones, etc.

Reduce Pollution: Carpool, walk instead of driving, save electricity and conserve water. You can plant trees to reduce pollution.

Contribute: Work with or donate money to organizations that focus on conserving wildlife. One can be associated with a nonprofit organization that focuses on lowering the extent of this environmental crises, and rehabilitating what's left, says Gary Butler Family Foundation.

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