Izay Ayesha paints a discouraging picture
The world is witnessing fast shrinking species of different species and some are facing the dangers of extinction. Many attractive and potent species are gradually experiencing their end due to poaching and destruction of their natural habitats. Concerned agencies are working hard to preserve the endangered species and they vociferously appeal to let them live as they add flavour to life on mother Earth.
Giant Panda is a natural beauty but there are only 2,000 of them in existence currently and most of them are kept captive.
Bactrian Camel suffers due to the destruction of its natural habitat by farmers and miners. There are an estimated 2 million left in the wild but are under threat of extinction.
Grévy’s Zebra is under constant threat of hunting by Pelt industry and it is estimated that there are about 2,000 of this species left in the world.
Once a common species in central Africa Mountain Gorilla has fast diminished due to deforestation and poaching and only about 800 of them are reportedly left.
Tasmanian Devil is a native of Australia is under threat of hunting, disease, getting run over by cars and destruction of its habitats. There are likely to be 10,000 to 25,000 left in the world.
Iberian Lynx is also facing extinction owing to disappearance of their habitats in Portugal and Spain and are now said to be 400 existing.
Javan Rhinoceros are running the risk of swift disappearance as poachers utilise the therapeutic properties of their horns. There are fewer than 100 remaining in the world
Bluefin Tuna is the largest species of tuna fish in the water-world but it has found itself under serious threat of extinction due to over-fishing. Its population is thought to have declined by over 70% in the past 40 years.
Kakapo has been badly decimated by human hunting as its feathers are used for decoration and only 150 of this species currently exist.
Hawaiian Monk Seal is threatened by pollution in the ocean, poaching, and the illegal pelt trade and its numbers have come down to just 100.
The decline of Blue Whale began in the 18th century and it is estimated that its current existence numbers between 10,000 and 20,000.
A beautiful natural gift is the Monarch Butterfly that is fast fading away due to rapid urbanisation, global warming and deforestation and is hardly found nowadays. The Weekender