The preservation of wildlife and wild places including their eco-systems can be a juggling act for many government organisations around the world. On one hand, the need for resources and human expansion has seen the dwindling of wildlife and their habitation, with many now on the endangered species list. But at the same time, losing wildlife could be detrimental to the future of our planet.
On the critically endangered species list provided by the World Wildlife Fund, it includes seven primates, three big cats and three species of rhino. With such a list, there is no top 10 or such pageantry as all the species mentioned are in critical danger, putting one above the other is not conducive to bringing a level of attention such a crisis needs.
One of the animals on the list is the Amur Leopard which is surprisingly not found in the plains of Africa but in the far east of Russia. The reason they are almost extinct, numbering at about 60, is because of poaching, climate change and a loss of habitat due road building and logging. Then there is also the Javan rhino, one of the threatened species with about 50 to 60 remaining at the Ujung Kulon National Park in Indonesia. They are endangered due to persistent poaching over the years as well as a dwindling habitat.
Another Rhino on the list is the Sumatran rhino which has a population of about 80 and was found throughout Asia in countries such as Malaysia, China and Indonesia. If you did not notice, these animals have another thing in common and that is that their numbers are below 100 in population. This means without the preservation of wildlife and wild places and their ecosystems, these animals would cease to exist on our planet and so many other animals will follow in their footsteps.
Source: WildArk Mark Hutchinson