December 04 is celebrated as World Wildlife Conservation Day and also International Cheetah Day. Over the time it had been in news worldwide that human interference, excesses, and other environmental factors have led to an extinction of many wild animals and their various species.
This World Wildlife Conservation Day and International Cheetah Day, let’s find out the animals that we lost during the last few decades and why is it so important to conserve wildlife to maintain the food chain which further leads to maintaining balance and sustaining life on Earth.
Let’s seize an opportunity on this day to spread awareness about the endangered species like the rhinos, elephants, and the tigers. The fight to protect them is tough and long, but worth all the efforts. Let’s have a look at the animals that have extinct in the last decade.
- Clouded Leopard: It was considered an evolutionary link between the small and the big cats. It got extinct in the last decade (as of 2018).
- Formosan Clouded leopard: Considered extinct in 2013, it was once native to Taiwan. The reason that led to its extinct are poaching, over-hunting, pollution and so on.
- Pinta Tortoise: It was named as Lonesome George and got extinct in June 2012, as it was the last one remaining of his type and was left alone without a mate.
- Japanese River Otter: In 2012, it was officially declared extinct. It was over-hunted for its fur and gradually got extinct. September 19 is celebrated as ”Otter’s ceremony anniversary”, in remembrance of a poet named Masaoka Shiki, in whose poetry there is a mention of the animal and also because the poet has identified with it at many instances.
- Eastern cougar: It is believed that in 2015 it was considered extinct, however its exact time of extinction was debated for long and it was finally settled in 2015. They had an impressive ability to camouflage themselves according to their natural surroundings, which was the reason that it was debated to be extinct or not for many years.
On this International Cheetah Day, we are glad to inform you that it is estimated that approximately 5000 Cheetahs still survive in different parts of African forests. Sadly in India, in 1952 they were declared extinct.
The extinction of any animal or its species takes place due to many natural and man-made factors like the changing climate and weather conditions, natural calamities and also human activities like poaching and hunting, etc.
Let’s pledge to not participate or encourage any of hunting or poaching activities and boycott products that are made using the animal parts like the animal fur, skin, horns, tusks etc. Let’s pledge to stand up and spread awareness about the need for animals to sustain life (also Human life) on Earth.
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