Did you know that over 58% of the world’s animal population has been lost since the 70’s? According to researched reports, we are reaching the world’s 6th mass extinction as scientists say the planet has been five catastrophes in the past.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, the population of wildlife has decreased to more than half within a span of 40 years. At this rate, if we continue to ignore the decline, we will ultimately lose the world that sustains us.
Here are the top 5 shocking facts about endangered wildlife.
Habitat loss is the number one cause of decline
As more than half of species have been lead to degradation, the loss of habitat appears to be due to unsustainable environments and the change of freshwater systems. Other threats also include climate change, pollution, invasive species and overexploitation to fishing and hunting.
Freshwater habitats are the fastest cause of wildlife decline
More than 80% of vertebrate populations have been lost since the early 1970’s. This also means that the total count reduces to 4% every year since then. Freshwater species are threatened with direct threats such as interrupted river flowers and wetland development. Over 25% of amphibian species are also affected due to disease and invasive species.
Over 30% of Marine Animals are disappearing
Marine-life animals that range from sardines to large baleen whales have suffered a significant loss in popular over the past forty years, and nearly a third of fish stock is at unsustainable levels and overfished.
Only 4% of the entire oceans are protected
Just 15% of protected areas now cover the land surface that includes inland waterways while 4% of the oceans are protected. However, new marine refuges have also be developed in hopes of an increase in population.
Tigers are the perfect example of the effects of wildlife habitat protection
While these giant tigers have been known to becoming at risk of extinction, their number in population has grown by nearly 63% since 2009. This method of protection has also encouraged other enforcement as the Rhino population increased from just a mere 13 back in 2007 to over 1,000 in 2015.
There is still so much we must do to help our wildlife and protect from depopulation. With community resources, awareness and the right protection, we can help save more endangered wildlife from extinction.