London-based The Eco Experts created the maps using World Bank’s World Development Indicator for deforestation and biodiversity. Sumatran tigers endangered in Indonesia are pictured.
When was the last time you went to the zoo? I enjoy the zoo, but the thought that in the not too distant future, the zoo might be the only place you could see some of these animals is pretty scary. Take it a step farther, without breeding stock or programs to reintroduce wildlife into supportive habitats, our children and grandchildren will not have the chance to see some of these animals at all which would be a crime.
It also makes me wonder what this is doing to the delicate balance of the ecosystem. Every creature has its place and in some way supports the balance of life. We need to be aware of the implication of this situation because it isn’t just about cute animals, its about the survival of the planet as we know it. We are the root cause of this problem and the only animal with the ability to do something about protecting other species.
These maps are a great way to become aware of what is happening around the world and get some perspective of what a problem it is. Whether you start at home or abroad, this might be an opportunity to do something. It really IMHO isn’t about saving a particular species from extinction, ultimately we could find our own survival at stake because we have destroyed the planetary ecosystem in our hunger for more space and a better lifestyle for mankind.
Check these maps out and see if there is anything you can do to help, somewhere. If nothing else, go visit your local zoo because they are involved in giving back and trying to restore habitats.