Each day the news covers a different tragedy. A crime or natural disaster there always seems to be something new. Yet there also exists a more subtle tragedy. One that is often under-covered yet seems to grow more and more serious each passing day. With species vanishing each day, it’s time for people to come to terms with the dying environment. Last summer, the International Union for Conservation of Nature officially upgraded the giant panda from ‘endangered’ to ‘vulnerable.’ This good news, though, came on the same day that four of the remaining six great ape species were listed as ‘critically endangered’ while the other two teeter on the brink of extinction. Though I have real fears about the rate of animal extinction being driven by …show more content…
Studies on the animals that were in the 'good group' mainly looked into anatomy and physiology, while research into animals in the 'bad group' mainly looked at ecology and population control techniques. While animals that were larger and more iconic to the tourist landscape were getting large grants and donations for research, there is a clear lack of funding for the preservation of either the rodents or native bats of Australia. And yet, these animals are also quite vital for the maintenance of particular ecosystems and our broader biodiversity. Ultimately, the phenomenon of animals that are less attractive or appealing to the public being ignored is a greater reflection on society as a whole. Too often, it’s easy to overlook the “ugly” in favor of the more attractive option. In 2010, the UN released figures stating that anywhere from 150-200 species go extinct every day around the world, and while these numbers may vary, the general message is the same: we are losing animals at an alarming rate. In fact, scientists refer to the “Anthropocene” –the era of humans- as the sixth mass extinction. Most of the endangered species are ones that people have never heard of, but are nonetheless just as important to preserve as are pandas, dolphins, apes and other more sympathetic creatures. Witnessing this problem breaks my heart, and I want to do something. I am utterly perplexed that the word “extinction” does not
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Wipe the cage down with a cleaner that is natural and safe for ferrets. Allow the cage to dry.Wash all hammocks, beds, sleeping bags, and other ferret accessories once a week.Use a litter that is natural or designed for ferrets. Ferrets live for 6 to 13 years and during that time they will require regular vaccinations and veterinary check ups to remain in tip top shape. In particular, Ferrets are at risk of fleas and
Joel Sartore, photographer, is the main focus in this article. Over the years Sartore has created a collection of photos that he has taken of different species of animals. These animal photos have created a movement that’s goal is to inspire people and get their attention in order to help protect the lives of animals, especially those that are threatened. This organization, Photoark, is pushing the photography of zoo animals in order to get public attention. Animal play a huge role in the balance of our planet. What Joel Sartore is trying to do is save our biodiversity by protecting animals in order to preserve the environment. Throughout the article the author explains the goals of Sartore and explains the Photoark project that is growing wildly to save animals. The awareness of these animals may just be the thing to save them and our planets
Humans have caused another extinction, one that could possibly take us down in the process, species are exponentially going extinct because of habitat loss, species exportation, and invasive species bullying native species. On the other hand, scientists are trying to safe guard native species, keep animals in captivity whether it be for the animals well-being or for research, and widespread invasion. In this essay I will be comparing and contrasting “What Everglades Pythons and Other Invasive Species are Trying to Tell Us,” by Julia Whitty and “The Sixth Extinction,” by Jeff Corwin.
There are many examples of iconic animals that we take for granted when it comes to thoughts of sharing our earth with them in the far future, but it is becoming more evident throughout the passing of time that this will no longer be true with current conditions. When it comes to animals becoming extinct not many people think that many recognized animals, besides the most talked about ones like Polar bears and Giant pandas, are at risk. One of these incredibly recognized endangered animals is the Orangutan. One of the most distinguished of the great apes, both of the subspecies of Orangutan are endangered; The Bornean and the Sumatran, with the Sumatran being declared as a critical species.
The threat of climate change, animal extinction, and others of the sort are topics that are scattered everywhere. Yet even in the face of such serious conditions, we do nothing. Racing Extinction addresses issues, huge, earth-shattering, apocalypse-bringing issues. In the wake of our own ignorance and greed, the human need to ever expand and builder higher, farther, and better, we extinguish entire species in the very world we live in. After watching
In Mr. Holdeman’s biology 1 class we watched Discovery’s Racing Extinction. In the film a group of artists put together a “light show” on buildings displaying images of endangered creatures to show what we are doing to our world. Many creatures are being killed for our own selfishness and carelessness, these beautiful animals have living on this earth for longer and contribute greatly to the world around us. The film displays what is actually happening in the world around us and what we can do to help.
Planet Earth is home to over 13,000 known species of mammals and birds, thousands of reptile, amphibian, and fish species, some 250,000 flowering plant species, and millions of insect and other invertebrate species (Linzey, 2013, p. 102). Together these animals and plants form part of the great natural wealth of the world with which society is entrusted to maintain, both for present generations and those generations yet to come. Nevertheless, individuals choose to undervalue the worth of certain species in their natural environment; one group in particular is the two extant families of sloths. By failing to appreciate all the sloth has to offer, ignorance blossoms. Thus, rather than losing the sloth in a numerical sense such as endangerment
Red pandas, small mammals related to pandas that live in the himalayas, are the animal I will be telling you all about in this report. The reason I chose the red panda is because they are cute and look very interesting. In this paper, I will be describing the red panda's habitat, there interesting body and their diet.
Planet Earth is the one and only home for humans, and it’s their natural duty to protect it and all of its inhabitants. For many people, the fate of animals is of little importance, especially when there are so many of their own species suffering throughout the world. However, only when one has respect for nature can he or she come to appreciate for his or herself. In the past few decades, some animals have progressively come closer and closer to extinction. When compared to demographics 30 years ago, less than 5% of tiger and rhino populations remain in the wild (Congressional). The main culprits for this abominable crime against nature are avaricious poachers who seek personal gain and profit. Poaching is the illegal killing of
Bill Freedmen, author of “Endangered Species—Human Causes Of Extinction and Endangerment” notes, “scientists approximate that present extinction rates are 1,000 to 10,000 times higher than the average natural extinction rate.” These distressing numbers should be acted upon to save the endangered species and avoid the catastrophic change to this planet if these species were to become extinct. In order to produce change, people need to recognize that habitat loss, climate change, and poaching are all factors in why our animal species are going extinct.
What animal is black and white and loved all over the world? If you guessed the giant panda, you're right! The giant panda is also known as the panda bear, bamboo bear, or in Chinese as Daxiongmao, the "large bear cat." Actually, its scientific name means "black and white cat-footed animal." Giant pandas are found only in the mountains of central China. They live in dense bamboo and coniferous forests at altitudes of 5,000 to 10,000 feet. The mountains are covered in heavy clouds with torrential rains or dense mist throughout the year. Giant pandas are bear-like in shape with striking black and white markings.
It’s clear that a great extinction is coming from the evidence of the destruction of other species around us. The choices made by the human race have too often negatively affected the surrounding species. Tracy Wilson, the site director for HowStuffWorks.com, in an article for Animal Planet, states that
Shouldn’t all animals have the right to live? Dogs could receive and give happiness if they were not put down. Animals do not really have a chance to actually live life.Many places simply do not have enough room for all of the animals, so they resort to euthanasia to control the population. There are many dogs and cats that are euthanized only because they take up room.