Recently I read an article in my Humanities class regarding the issue with the danger of extinction of our World’s wildlife population. Here is a link to the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/28/science/zoos-bitter-choice-to-save-some-species-letting-others-die.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&ref=science
While reading this article regarding the terrible truth that our World is facing, I was surprised by the drastic amount of wildlife and areas that these issues have been effecting. To me, the fact that we are struggling to keep the steady amounts of certain wildlife species is scary. Knowing that one day we may not have pandas, certain birds, and many other types of wildlife saddens me. Wouldn’t you be saddened to know that something that you grew up loving and caring about may one day not exist anymore?
One question that came to mind while reading this article was, “What can we do for the wildlife that is truly near certain extinction?”. After I had finished reading, there were even more wondrous questions that were trespassing into my brain. Even though I had gotten some of my answer’s from the article, I still did not understand how this issue has gotten so bad.
After the reading, I had learned that zoos had started trying to help save endangered species since the 1980′s. Unfortunately, since the 1980′s there have been many other species that have been enlisted in the “soon to be extinct” category. “It is like looking out the window of an airplane and seeing the rivets in the wing,” Mr. Merz. “You can probably lose a few, but you don’t know how many, and you really don’t want to find out” He said. This quote shows how this tragic truth is actually effecting our lives. It was said that within the next three generations, that 1/4 of the wildlife population is expected to be extinct. Whether this happens or not, I believe that some number of our wildlife will become extinct if we do not do something about it.
In the article, it was said that the association under which zoos follow, is starting to consider making the purpose of zoos to rehabilitate and save these wildlife species from extinction instead of having many different varieties of wildlife the the pleasure of us humans. If this does in-fact happen, it does not necessarily mean that all wildlife will be safe from extinction from now on. There will still be that small amount of a certain species that not even a breeding zoo can help. There was something that I found overwhelmingly interesting while reading this article, that was that there are certain species that zoos have been put onto a phaseout list, in which meaning that the zoos cannot really help their purebred species do to shortage of supplies and many other reasons. “If you can’t keep up, then you probably need to be dropped off the bottom.”was said by Dr. Monfort, director of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
I feel that if more people read about and chipped in to the issue of our world’s wildlife population extinction crisis, that we could truly make something happen on a good note. As the famous quote always said, “If we really put our minds to it, we will achieve!” So, what do you say? Shall we come together to put an end to something that could drastically change our lives as we have grown up to know them and know them as now?