Seven billion human beings are living on planet Earth’s thin crust. Learning to live side by side with other species is now one of man’s most vital tasks. It’s basic-survival-101 for planet Earth.
Nitish Madan photograph
Is it too late for wild tigers?
Over the last century wild tiger numbers have plummeted by over 95%. Poaching and habitat destruction are persistent threats, and as few as 3,200 tigers remain in the wild today. Sadly, there are more tigers in captivity in the US than are left in the wild. The tiger is officially classed as endangered by the IUCN. (Source)
As of 2016, there are still more African elephants being killed for ivory than are being born. . . elephant populations continue to decline.” (Source)
Image from-Being Jane Goodall- NG
“We’re schizophrenic: we’ve got this amazing intelligence, but we seem to have lost the power of working in harmony with nature.” ~ Dr. Jane Goodall (Source)
In the past half century, chimpanzee numbers have slumped from two million to just 300,000, spread over 21 countries, said Goodall, a British scientist who spent more than five decades studying chimpanzees in Tanzania’s Gombe National Park. (Source)
“Now found only in a handful of states, gray wolves once roamed across the United States in the hundreds of thousands.” (source)
Source of Rhino photograph
Rhinoceroses, like elephants, suffer the misfortune of having an external protrusion that humans arbitrarily place a high value upon. Rhino horn was reported to be selling for $65,000 per 2.2 pounds in 2012, making it more expensive by weight than gold, diamonds or cocaine. (Source)
Habitat for wildlife is continually shrinking – I can at least provide a way station. ~Peter Coyote
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The polar bear – by far the biggest threat to polar bears is not hunting but climate change
Global warming means sea ice is melting earlier and forming later each year, leaving polar bears less time to hunt.
So true, those white bears are losing Arctic ice, more and more!