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Transcript of Animal Extinction
We think that extinction is a major problem in the world because we are loosing our Biodiversity by the second. We feel that people haven't learned yet how to take special care and watch for the depleting species.
The Extinction Crisis explains how the extinction of animals has been growing even more in the past decade. Losing the dinosaurs 65 Million years ago was bad but we are experiencing the worst die-offs now. 30-50% of species are heading to extinction by the mid-century
The Extinction Crisis
The Dodo Bird was a flightless bird native to the island of Mauritius near the island of Madagascar.
The last sighting of this bird was in 1662. Its closest relatives are pigeons and doves.
But at 3'3" tall and 40lbs it was much larger compared to these two.
The Dodo Bird is my name Extinction is my game
Found in Vietnam and China
They can weigh up to 300 pounds and usually are about 40 inches long (about 3 1/2 feet)
Only 4 are left in the world. All of them are in zoos
The Javan Rhino
Some of the Most Endangered Species in the World
Red River Giant Soft shell Turtle
Native to Southeast Asia
They can weigh 1,984 - 5,071 pounds and are about 10 - 10.5 feet in length
There were as little as 35 left in 2007 and the population has since risen to 100>
The last Javan rhino was poached in 2010.
Native to the plains of southern Ethiopia
Could be the first recorded bird in Africa to go extinct
This bird is about 16 - 17 centimeters long and weighs only 30 grams
Its population dropped by about 40% between 2007 and 2009
This was due mainly to agriculture expansion which led to habitat loss
“We're so self-important. So arrogant. Everybody's going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save the snails. And the supreme arrogance? Save the planet! Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don't even know how to take care of ourselves; we haven't learned how to care for one another."
"Compared with the people, the planet is doin' great. It's been here over four billion years!..."
- George Carlin
(Famous actor, author and comedian)
The initial groups main focus was Environmental Disasters...
That combined with humans thinking they can own the place...
We believe that one solution is to better educate the human population on how to take better care of our planet and the other animals we share it with
Another solution is to enforce the Endangered Species Act more strictly
Also, increasing funding towards habitat conservation and setting aside land for endangered species
Why Does It Matter?
The survival of life on Earth depends on all the species on the planet working as an eco-system.
Central Hare Wallaby
Scientific Name: Lagorchestes asomatus
Extinct in between 1940 and 1960
about the size of a rabbit, with soft, grey fur, hairy feet and a short tail.
Habitat: Northern Territory, Australia
It sheltered in a shallow depression under spinifex clumps, but occasionally dug a short burrow
There is about 350-450 left
Almost all of them live in Russia in the Sikhote-Alin mountain range east of Amur River.
Their former living space included northeastern China,the Korean Peninsula and as far west as Mongolia.
The biggest threat to the Siberian tigers are humans.
A signal can bring $50k on the International market.
The Polar Bear
The Arctic’s polar bears have become the iconic symbol of early victims of climate-induced habitat loss.
Many polar bear populations will be vulnerable to extinction within the next century if warming trends in the Arctic continue at the current pace.
WWF (World Wide Fund For Nature) is supporting field research to better understand how climate change will affect polar bears and to develop adaptation strategies. They are also working with governments and industry to reduce threats from shipping oil and gas development in the region.