Thursday, December 1, 2011

Undiscovered and Yet Endangered

According to EndangeredSpeciesInternational.org, more than ten million species remain to be discovered in the world.

Most of them are already highly threatened since they are located within regions of great habitat destruction. Among the 46,000 species assessed, more than 17,000 are likely to become extinct in the very near future if no aggressive actions are taken. Plus, their natural ecosystems are vanishing at an alarming rate.

Plants and animals are part of our unique heritage, they keep us alive, purifying water, fixing nitrogen, recycling nutrients and waste, and pollinating crops. They are vital for the physical and spiritual well-being offering us a colorful and rich world.

A hundred bird species have vanished since 1600, nearly all due to human activities, chiefly habitat loss, overhunting, and introduced predators. Island birds are especially vulnerable. A list of some of these birds, the year each was last seen in the wild, and the cause(s) of extinction.is at endangeredspeciesinternational.org/birds5.html

The huia (Heteralocha acutirostris) from New Zealand
has already vanished. © Paddy Ryan 


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