We always hear about certain species of animals being in danger of going extinct, but actually seeing numbers for the animals that we have left on earth is shocking. Here is a rundown of some of the most beautiful animals and how we are killing them.
- Polar Bear: approximately 20,000 and 25,000 remain
Since their existence is threatened by the ice melting and their forage for food on land not meeting their calorie requirements, these numbers are set to decrease in the near future.
- Giant Panda: approximately 1,000 to 2,000 are left
Loss of habitat is causing their numbers to decrease, putting them on the Endangered Species list.
- Chimpanzee: we’ve got approximately between 150,000 and 250,000
Alarmingly, chimpanzees are often hunted illegally. This, coupled with their loss of habitat due to global warming, has threatened their numbers. Dolphin: there are less than 1,000 dolphins remaining! Factors such as water pollution have contributed to their lower numbers.
Asian Elephants: approximately 40,000 to 50,000. African Elephants: approximately 450,000 to nearly 700,000. Poaching is causing both numbers to decrease.
While all their species’ numbers are decreasing, less than 40 leopards of the Amur species remain in the world, making them a critically endangered species.
- Tiger: Approximately 3,000 remain
In the timespan of 100 years, we have lost about 97 percent of the world’s tigers, due to loss of habitat, poaching, and retaliatory killing.
Various rhino species exist, but only a few thousand of all of their numbers, except for the Southern White rhino that still has approximately 20,000 animals in its category. Shockingly, there are only five Northern White rhino left! Five!
- What Can We Really Do?
It’s normal to feel powerless about such scary statistics, but there is always something you can do, however small, to make a positive difference. This includes:
By doing good deeds for the animals in places such as wildlife refuges, you make a real difference in the lives of the animals there.
- Safeguard Your Home
Prevent wildlife from being attracted to your property by feeding your pets inside the house, securing and locking garbage cans, and keeping your pets inside at night. By animal-proofing your home you’re preventing animals from entering human territory, which puts them at risk.
- Use Organic Pesticides
Use of conventional pesticides is highly damaging to plants and the soil. They don’t disintegrate quickly and can find their way into the food chain, infecting many animals as well as the environment.
- Buy Earth-Friendly Products
Items made in sustainable ways, or that make use of recycled ingredients, are kinder to the earth. They make use of goods that can be re-used while preventing the unnecessary culling of forests, which is home to many species of animals. *Image courtesy Flickr Creative Commons