I saw this on, Nomad’s myspace page, I guess I should call him Nomad. Yes, I won’t reveal his real name. If he wanted his real name disclosed he would have it on his myspace page, right?
I will come back and elaborate later on this later. For now, I am just cutting and pasting.
There are currently 3,071 “critically endangered” species in the world and species assessed at the critically endangered level “face an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild unless the pressures on them are relieved,” according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). Here are some species around the world that might be extinct by 2017.
|Iberian Lynx Lynx pardinus Has a population of about 120 cats in Spain’s Andalusian region as a result of habitat destruction, collisions with vehicles, poaching and a declining rabbit (the lynx’s favorite cuisine) population.|
|Sumatran Orangutan Pongo abelii There are approximately 7,500 Sumatran orangutans in the world and they are decling at a rate of 1,000 per year as a result of rampant habitat loss from logging, fires and other human activities.|
|Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat Lasiorhinus krefftii A mere 100 individuals survive in a small, protected area in Queensland.|
|Wild Bactrian Camel Camelus bactrianus There are only about 650 individuals remaining in China and 350 in Mongolia as a result of mining, hunting, wolf predation, industrial development and genetic mixing with domestic camels.|
|Dama Gazelle Gazella dama In the last decade, some 80 percent of the wild population vanished, primarily the result of unbridled hunting and habitat destruction. Populations of no more than 100 are sprinkled throughout Chad, Niger and Mali.|
|Seychelles Sheath-Tailed Bat Coleura seychellensis There may be only 50 to 100 of these furry flying mammals left on the planet.|
|Chinese Alligator Alligator sinensis Experts estimate a mere 150 to 200 individuals persist in the wild, making this reptile the most endangered crocodilian species in the world.|
|Black Rhinoceros Diceros bicornis There are only few thousand because of poaching and habitat loss. Might have already gone extinct in the wild.|
|Pied Tamarin Saguinus bicolor Urban expansion, cattle ranching and agriculture have eroded much of the tamarin’s rain forest home, which extends no farther than 40 to 50 kilometers from Manaus.|
|Leatherback Turtle Dermochelys coriacea Global population of nesting females has dropped to between 26,000 and 43,000 because of poaching for egg and meat consumption, destruction of nesting sites, disorientation of hatchlings from artificial lighting, accidental capture by commercial fisherman and other factors.|