It is difficult to be unaware of the fact that the Earth is going through a mass extinction because of human activity. There are currently over 41,000 species listed as endangered and a fourth of these are threatened with extinction. Many of these species will go extinct despite the efforts of conservationists. Despite this large number of threatened species there are some success stories.
March 3rd was World Wildlife Day and the WWF wrote an article sharing good news of conservation efforts from the past year. One huge accomplishment is pandas are not longer listed as endangered after 30 years of effort. They were first listed endangered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in 1984. Wild tigers also showed an increase in numbers, which hasn’t happened before. The ivory trade market in China will be closing by the end of this year, hopefully helping with poaching of elephants. There has been an effort to save world heritage sites, basically referring to what is left of the natural world. This will help to preserve places all over the world that are home to thousands of different species.It is hard to stay hopeful when the world is losing so many different species, but these stories help to show that the efforts made to save endangered species are not totally pointless.
Posted by Hannah Jordan (group B)