They are only found in one protected area and there are about sixty of them left. They are killed as agricultural pests, and for their horns. People are trying to increase their habitats in eastern Ujung Kulon so the population can expand and grow. Black Rhinos are critically endangered because of their horns, and five to six rhinos are killed a day for food of for entertainment. Their population is fewer than five hundred.
Each day a new species shows up on the extinction list. A new estimate found that species die off as much as 1,000 times more frequently than they used to. One article states “human activities has obliterated nearly 900 species over the past 500 years” (Rachel Nuwer). This problem has gone completely out of control and we need to start finding a way to stop it.
With that predicted to increase to 99 percent by 2050” (“Ocean Plastic Pollution”). Another similar case states that “Hundreds of thousands of seabirds ingest plastic each year...Nearly all Laysan Albatross chicks -97.5 percent - have plastics pieces in their stomachs” (“Ocean Plastic Pollution”). The next well known animal affected by ocean pollution is fish. “Fish in the North Pacific ingest 12,000 to 24,000 tons of plastic each year” (“Ocean Plastic Pollution”). When fish consume the plastic, it will move up the food chain and affect other aquatic animals that consume fish.
Annual tolls because of sharks are much less than deaths resulted in meetings with crocodiles, tigers or elephants. Last two representatives of the huge terrestrial fauna kill around 100 people each year, while sharks have around five victims on their account. Meanwhile, tigers and elephants already had law protection, when the documentary was created, while sharks were treated as a source of valuable product (their fins) and a monster that should be killed before it would get an opportunity to attack. Numbers, mentioned by the film, created the impression the situation is totally unfair. As if officials today will forget about their efforts against the ivory black-market
Cane toads are an invasive species in Australia with a range of significant impacts on the Australian environment. They were introduced to Australia from Hawaii during 1935, and their population has since grown to approximately 200million, despite multiple attempts at controlling the growth. They primarily inhabit Queensland, New South Wales and Northern Territory. Adult cane toads are usually heavy-built and weigh an average of 1.8kg, with warty skin (wikipedia.org, 2015). They pose a risk to many large predators that are poisoned when they try to eat their highly toxic bodies (Shine, 2014).
19/03/2018 Sumatran Orangutans In Indonesia, Extinct By 2025? By The World Wildlife Fund The Sumatran orangutan population has drastically declined to 7,500 compared to a combined total orangutan population of 230,000 a century ago. This significant decline in population has been evident throughout history since 1950s to this current date. It is very apparent that human action whether it is illegal or legal deforestation is driving these immaculate creatures to extinction. Our constant desire for palm oil, business and infrastructure development in Indonesia has caused this major issue.
Hunting in the 1900s by people hungry for whale oil drove the species toward extinction. More than 360,000 whale were killed during this period. In 1966 Blue Whales became protected with the International Whaling Commission, still their recovery has been minor. Nevertheless, Humpback Whales have not been effected to this extent. The Humpback Whale population has recovered since its stint on the endangered species list in the 1970s.
The Viceroy butterflies were facing extinction a little more than 100 years ago due to their inability to protect themselves or hide from their predators; mainly birds. Fortunately, the Viceroy population has increased significantly primarily due to mimicry [Viceroy
“In the BP Oil Spill, more than 200 million gallons of crude oil was pumped into the Gulf of Mexico for a total of 87 days, making it the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.” BP has killed thousands of marine wildlife do to the oil spill. “These guys here certainly will survive for a while. But the ones that can 't swim as fast, they 're called prey.” - Stanley D. Rice, U.S. witness. Biological diversity has estimated that the oil spill has killed around 82,000 birds, 6,165 sea turtles, and at least 25,900 marine mammals. These staggering numbers just keep on climbing.
Their is a growing and spreading problem in the world, and it is growing in our own backyard. Reports from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services show invasive species cost the United States more than $120 billion in damages every year and that number is on the rise. New invasive species are entering the United States each day and each has the potential to cause mass destruction to our ecosystem and economy if not taken care of. Some animals have already taken hold and are having disastrous effects.