Happy World Wildlife Conservation Day!
It's World Wildlife Conservation Day!
You know at least one endangered animal; you have seen Will Young and the WWF's recent campaign #WorldNeedsLove, here is what we are really fighting for in animal conservation.
The world is full of wonderful places, amazing nature and marvellous animals. If they didn't exist, who could come up with a species which sleeps holding hands to avoid drifting apart. If otters didn't exist, we couldn't make up something as sweet.
We could learn a new fact about animals every single day and never stop being amazed at nature.
Did you know...
Bees dance to communicate with each other and explain where flowers are located?
Dolphins have names for each other. Seahorses aren't the only species to mate for life, swans, gibbons, puffins and termites do too. Penguins even give each other a pebble to express their love or propose to a mate and seahorses hold each other's tails when they travel.
Watching animals can simply melt your heart. Did you know baby elephants suck their trunks for comfort and Japanese macaques make snow balls to play with? The animal world is a constant source of amazement!
And yet, our daily actions – or lack thereof – are threatening wildlife; since 1970, the wildlife population has been reduced to half its size.We can count the number of northern white rhinos, 3, and they are in a reserve in Kenya. There are as few as 3,200 tigers left in the wild and the last 1,800 pandas are concentrated in a small area of Sichuan, China.
Animals such as the Hawksbill Turtle or the Orangutan are critically endangered because we destroy their habitat. Every two seconds a forested area the size of a football field is destroyed Every two seconds an area of forest the size of a football pitch is destroyed and only 3 per cent of our oceans are protected. On World Wildlife Day – and every other day – we need to see what we can do to help animals both locally and around the world. If we cut palm oil out of our lives, orangutans will keep their habitat, if we cut down on our paper use, we can save our forests, keeping our beaches clean can go a long way helping our marine animals...
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By Claire Herbaux – Online Journalism Intern
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