Once There Were Giraffes…
This may become a reality in our lifetime. Ask Najin and Fatu, last two females of their soon-to-be-“once there were”-kind – northern white rhinos.
Since 1970 there has been a 70% decline in the populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians. 25% of animal and plant species are threatened with extinction. Extinction rate is 100 to 1,000 times the natural extinction rate.
Once spread across entire continents, wildlife populations in the last few decades have increasingly become patchy and fragmented into small pockets making them isolated, unhealthy and vulnerable. Habitat loss had distributed the 7,000 cheetahs left in nature to 23 different regions, separated by geographical and man-made barriers. To support conservation efforts we need to gather data, currently hardly available. Are we going to let them disappear on our watch?!
Living on the Verge
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With only 3,000 in the wild and 10,000 in captivity in the U.S., tigers are increasingly being treated as Selfie props than actual wildlife
Racing to extinction: historically ranging throughout Africa to India, now distributed in small, fragmented populations
Tufted-tailed Simba in the plight
Size matters! The largest of the three elephant species and the largest extant terrestrial creature on our planet
White with a dark future! Victim of the myths, it is the biggest of the five rhino species
With 3 out of 8 subspecies have been declared extinct, illegal poaching puts these hooked upper lip rhinos in danger
85% successful kills! Yet irreversibly waning, it is among the most endangered canids in Africa
Much larger than any other ape, it is the rarest of two gorillas species
The most common of the three orangutans species. How common? ‘Critically endangered’ common
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