EXTINCTION. The very word suggests long ago and far away. Dinosaurs, mastodons, woolly mammoth, saber tooth tigers, aurochs, the dodo, fossils or remains preserved deep in the earth – the past that none of us can see or touch. In our new series of articles this spring, you’ll find out that extinction is happening every day on the planet – often before we have identified species that have gone extinct.
Extinction poses threats to the whole web of life– from bees to the world’s largest mammals. It is radiating all around us and all over the planet. Many of the threats are actually crime stories –smuggling live birds and animals, poaching, illegal hunting and trapping, illegal logging, overfishing.
Eminent biologist Dr. Edward O. Wilson of Harvard University (author of 20+ books) warned nearly 15 years ago that up to half of all species on Earth could be extinct within a century. That means your grandchildren may grow up without the animals that inspired beloved books and movies– Babar the Elephant, Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book or Aesop’s fable of the mouse and the lion.
“Their fate will be sealed on our watch.” So says John Calvelli of Wildlife Conservation Society
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