The extinction crisis

Every day, dozens of animals go extinct. Imagine a world without tigers, elephants, or even butterflies. It is indeed a very different world.

We are now in the midst of a phenomenon known as the extinction crisis. The extinction rate in plants and animals is 1,000 to 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate. With 30 to 50 percent of all species heading towards endangerment or extinction, the future does not look so bright for the Earth’s species.

In nature, there is a natural extinction rate, but since the presence of humans the extinction rate has skyrocketed.

Global warming, pesticides, deforestation, hunting and poaching are huge factors towards the mass extinction of animals.

With tigers alone, we have lost around 97 per cent of the worlds tigers. In 1998 there were 7600 tigers left in the wild. By 2010 there were only 3200 tigers left in the wild. At this rate of extinction, wild tigers will be extinct by 2022.


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