Animal species are seeing their populations perish now more than ever. Overpopulation and consumerism lead to issues like deforestation and climate change. The effects are quite discouraging, as some of the most famous animal species are currently fighting for their existence.
A very sought-after item, the rhino’s horn has been the reason for the animal’s poaching numbers growing exponentially in the past decade. From 1960 to 1995 about 98% of the Black Rhino population has ceased to exist.
Orangutans share over 96% of their genes with humans, which is why they’re known as the man of the forest. Unfortunately, they are hunted in the wilderness in order to be domesticated as pets in places like Taiwan. Every time one is captured, 3-5 die in the process. This trend is unsustainable, as females give birth to one every 3-5 years.
The Amur Leopard’s breathtaking beauty hasn’t gone unnoticed by poachers. Originally from Russia, the animal wears an exquisite coat, which can cost up to $2000. Currently, there are around 80 of them remaining.
The Earth’s equilibrium has been completely thrown off in recent history. Overhunting, overfishing, and rising temperatures are only some of the reasons why nature heading into a critical state. What humans may not realize is that we are intrinsically tied to this planet and all its lifeforms.
The question is, what can we do about it? There are plenty of ways to contribute. Demanding more responsibility from corporations, cutting down on beauty product consumption, and helping various organizations are a fraction of the ways we can be effective. So next time you enjoy nature’s magic, think about what’s currently at stake and make a positive impact.