Blog Action Day – Will Our Generation Outlive Tigers?
Today is Blog Action Day, and, after watching the BBC 4 programme, 100 Years of Wildlife Films, I’ve decided to make the focus of my contribution the conservation of endangered animals. Towards the end of that programme, they discussed the influence of wildlife footage on the public’s awareness of conservation issues, and they cited some really shocking statistics, which I’ve reproduced for you here:
- Leatherback Turtle – Fallen to 3000 nesting females in the last 5 years
- African Wild Dog – Approximately 3000 left in the wild
- Corroboree Frog – Less than 250
- Ethiopian Wolf – Estimated 500 left
- Hyacinth Macaw – 6500 left in the wild
- Black Rhino – Less than 3700 – Extinct in West Africa
- Indian Garial – 2500 left
- Sumatran Orangutan – 7500 in the wild and falling – Could become extinct in 10 years
- Kakapo – 86 individuas – All named
- Sumatran Rhino – Fewer than 400
- Tigers – Less than 2500 left in the wild
So, what can you do to help? Well, I checked out the WWF website (that’s the World Wildlife Fund, NOT the World Wrestling Foundation, by the way!), and they had a variety of ways you can contribute towards the campaign for the awareness of the plight of endangered animals. You can:
- Become a WWF member (UK, US)
- Adopt an animal (UK, US)
- Campaign online (UK, US)
- Shop at their online store (UK, US)
- Make a Donation (UK, US)
It is difficult to imagine a world where animals such as tigers, orangutans, and rhinos don’t exist, but it’s a distinct possibility unless we all make a concerted effort. I hope this post has, in its own small way, persuaded you to contribute towards this effort.
If you are participating in Blog Action Day, leave a comment with your link, and I will add your link to this post.