Ecology Project: Endangered Species
What's the Problem?
Every animal has a role it plays in its environment. A “niche” if you will. Whether it is due to deforestation, poaching, being taken over by invasive species, competition, or natural disaster, endangered species have been affected by these aspects and we need to save them before they become extinct. Even, if one species died out, it would affect an entire food webs and other species.
The Amur Leopard is being poached for its beautiful, spotted fur. Agriculture and villages surround the forests where the leopards live. This make the forests very accessible for poachers to kill the leopards. Habitat destruction such as deforestation and natural disasters have also made this species decrease in population.
The first chart shows cameras that were set up in Russia that were recording and tracking the leopards. The numbers, based on this chart, seem to be going up a little bit but not by much. There were drops in the graph and then they would spot a couple more but so most likely, these are the same leopards.
The second chart shows the deforestation and where the latest deforestation has been happening and which forests are protected and things like that. The main portion where these leopards live is under deforestation and is mostly in the red areas in the south eastern side of Russia. The deforestation is limiting the places where the leopards can live and is their numbers are dwindling and scraping the bottom of the pot.
The third graph is similar to the first graph, it is just in a different format. It covers all the same data and even uses the same data.
What Causes the Problem?
What Are Some Future Effects?
What Are Some Possible Solutions To the Problem?
What Can An Individual Do To Help?
ALTA, the Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance, is working hard to reduce these threats by funding appropriate conservation projects and educating and informing people about the importance of the Amur leopard and tiger. WWF, the World Wildlife Fund, is working with a number of partners to increase the small number of Amur leopards to at least 50 cats over the coming years. Farmers in Russia can always work on not just killing them when they come on their land. They are just trying to find food because poachers are killing off their food source. People can substantially reduce poaching of the Amur Leopard through strengthening law enforcement and habitat protection, improving data collection and nature protection legislation, educating the public, and engaging local communities in conservation efforts. There are still no laws that are preventing the poaching of these animals but strong efforts are being made to save this species.
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