Each year, it is estimated that at least 10,000 species of animals are going extinct. In some cases, wildlife experts are losing these animals before they can discover them. The biggest causes of extinction are poaching and deforestation.
In this day and age, poaching has become a 19 billion dollar business. The demand for elephant tusks, rhinoceros’ horns, pelts and rare bones of many animals, continues to rise. Because of this huge underground industry, 10,000 African Elephants and 100 tigers in India are lost each year.
Now, there are only about 470,000-690,000 elephants left in the wild and about 3,200 tigers. With these numbers, both of these animals will be extinct by the year 2084.
But all is not lost.
In every continent, country, and biome, researchers are working against the clock to stop poaching in its tracks. Many organizations, such as World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Conservation International, help protect endangered animals by increasing the population and ending the destruction of the endangered animals’ habitats. Because of the workers at organizations such as WWF and Conservation International, many endangered species are coming back from extinction.
One character from the TV drama “Wild at Heart” has said that “only when the last of the animals’ horns, tusks, skins, and bones are sold, will Mankind realize that money can never buy back our wildlife.”