LOVE NOT LOSS
saving one species will save another
The XX – Intro by Cheshire_Kat
- George Bernard Shaw
Commonly known as a "mountain ghost," the snow leopard is a rare, elusive beauty that is disappearing from the mountains it once thrived in. Biologists believe today's population count to be as low as 4,500-7,000 Snow Leopards that remain in the wild. Many ask why the dramatic decline of this beautiful feline? The biggest contributing factor is a demand we have created for this species. Snow Leopards wear one of the rarest, most beautiful coats of any animal and unfortunately lay under gunpoint because of this beauty. Captured and killed, Snow Leopards are then sold in the black market for thousands of dollars, thus creating a high demand for the ultimate price of losing this species altogether. Another contributing factor to the decreasing population is loss of habitat. Like many other species, humans have placed a negative impact on their population, and it's time we do something about it before it's too late. Besides being a beautiful animal, this leopard is in charge of population control up in specific mountain regions. Saving one species will save another. Afterall, the world spins on one ripple effect after another. It's our time to step up and conserve the thousands of snow leopards that we share our world with before this rare species becomes another name on the red list.
The Schomburgk's Deer were the only native species of deer available to Thailand before they were claimed extinct in 1932. And although, to an outside observer they appear to be any oridnary deer; researchers claim crucial evidence to how such a deer adapted to a swampy grassland. Since the Schomburgk's deer is a specialist species subtle modifications to their habitat or a complete loss of them can cause a rapid decline in population. There's numerous factors that contributed to the Schomburgk's extinction, however, the most notable reasons were due to commercial rice farming, over-hunting, and lack of effort to conserve their species. And while, these deer may not appear to be greatly significant, nature lies it's fragile balance with them as other species may rely on them. The Schomburgk's deer is an important lesson we can all learn about how our selfish actions can drastically affect an entire species.
During the last century, governments across North America have attempted to eradicate coyote populations through biological warfare, aerial hunts, poison campaigns and even hunting and trapping contests. But the coyote has survived. Despite these ongoing failures – at the cost of untold millions of wild animals’ lives – governments and communities often jump at killing as a solution to a problem that often doesn’t truly exist. Humane co-existence programs do exist, however, and do work. Using modern research with traditional educational tools, programs have taught residents to not fear coyotes, but respect them. They have shown that coyotes do not senselessly or maliciously approach or attack humans. They have proven that coyotes can safely live among us in urban and rural areas. Coyotes serve as a vital keystone species in their habitats and should be acknowledged for their rodent control instead of being feared.
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