The Dodo is dedicating our site to endangered species this weekend. From the declining population of sea cows to the hunting of wolves, from the farming of birds to the poaching of elephants and tigers, we're tackling the big threats facing animals. Here's why:
It's time to get loud and creative to conquer a growing threat. I was nine years old when my mom first bought my sister and me a box of endangered species chocolates. Each treat came with a baseball card-style fact sheet and photo of a threatened animal. My sister and I fought over who got to eat the cutest creature.
It was unusual, but it worked. The tigers and whales on my Lisa Frank Trapper Keepers suddenly carried a new meaning, as bite by bite I learned about their plight.
Whether through candy bars, films or classrooms, the world must understand the threat of species extinction.
This problem impacts animals and humans alike. Scientists predicted last year that one-third of animal species face huge losses this century because of the effects of climate change. This loss of "species richness" is a loss for us, too. "The functions ecosystems provide for humans across the whole global land surface will be very significantly reduced," lead scientist Dr. Rachel Warren explained.