The largest mass extinction event since the age of the dinosaurs

The German branch of the World Wildlife Fun (WWF) has voiced concerns over ever growing environmental threats which are pushing many species of plants and animals to the brink of extinction.

With 142,000 plants and animal species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List, 40,000 of which are threatened with extinction, the WWF has said that around one million species may go extinct within the next decade.

The largest mass extinction event since the age of the dinosaurs.

WWF Germany director Eberhard Brandes said, “Species conservation is no longer just about defeating an environmental problem, but is rather about the question of whether or not humanity will eventually end up on the Red List in an endangered category — and thereby become a victim of its own lifestyle.

With growing concerns of environmental destruction on our own doorstep, with the Wild Coast marine life under threat, and increasing evidence of Climate Change,  the future of much of our cherished wildlife hangs in the balance.
The African forest elephant’s, population has declined by 86% within just 31 years.

All is not lost however.

The WWF noted that there were some “rays of hope” in the world of environmental conservation this year.
One of the rarest big cats in the world, the Iberian lynx, saw a “successful comeback” in Spain and Portugal. In 2002, only 94 of the lynx were found. The population has grown more than tenfold, with the most recent count in 2020 showing over 1,100 are currently alive.

The population of great bustards in Germany saw significant progress in 2021, with their population reaching the highest level in 40 years. Researchers counted 347 of the birds this year — compared with just 57 birds in 1997.

The WWF also logged a success in efforts to conserve the Indian rhinoceros population in Nepal. As part of a cooperation with the government, stricter protection measures were implemented — which have helped the rhino’s population grow by 16% since 2015.
Bearded vultures, blue whales and crocodiles in Cambodia also saw their population numbers grow.

Source: WWF/MSN