World's most endangered animals
South Africa, with its diversity of animal species lulls most of us, visitors and locals alike, into a sense of complacency. But even if our estimates of the number of species out there are at their most conservative (at 2 million species) - we're still losing between 200 and 2,000 species every year.
If we look at the upper end of that - 100 million species - we're losing 10, 000 to 100, 000 species every year. The numbers are mind-boggling and we, the human race, are largely responsible for this unprecedented biodiversity crisis - unlike anything since dinosaurs disappeared 65 million years ago.
One of the largest causes is deforestation, lack of habitat (no species can continue to exist if it's habitat (home) is destroyed), the introduction of alien species, pollution, disease and excess hunting and industrial agriculture.
Thankfully, many people are fighting back on behalf of the world's most endangered animals. The World Wildlife Fund is among many organisations which works to preserve environments and habitats for increasingly endangered species.
Without further ado, check out the most endangered animals of the world interactive infographic, courtesy of Best Colleges Online. All you have to do is click for the infographic to load, and then use the right-menu to view species. Scroll down using the scroll on your mouse to view all the way down to no.1. This infographic was originally posted here (click if it doesn't load correctly).
Though the above infographic might make you feel depressed and powerless, take heart from the fact that there's a lot that you as an individual can do.
You can support conservation by engaging in responsible ecotourism, volunteering or donating to conservation initiatives, by purchasing products that preserve our environment instead of destroying it, and by eating food that is grown naturally and in harmony with the environment.
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