“The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of those have not viewed the world”–Alexander von Humboldt
This is no longer hidden to anyone but, in fact, has become a well-known truth to all that there is an alarming need to protect our surroundings and environment and conserve wildlife before it’s too late. When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future. A simple act of kindness and compassion towards a single species may not mean anything to all creatures but will mean everything to one. We all should realize that have a responsibility to protect endangered species, both for their sake and for the sake of our future generations.
There are currently an estimated 27,000 species threatened with extinction worldwide, but do you know which country has the highest number of animals at risk? A recent study has analyzed data collected from the ICUN Red List which looks at the most endangered species in each country and in particular – amphibians, birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles at risk of extinction. Conservation of any endangered species must begin with stringent efforts to protect its natural habitat by the enforcement of rigid legislation against human encroachment into parks and other game sanctuaries.
Here is a list below of the Top 10 Countries with the Most Endangered Species:
|Rank||Country||Total Number of Endangered Species|
While analyzing the statistical data, we found that Mexico is the country that has the world’s highest number of endangered species, with 665 in total and tops on the Red List. This is made up of 71 birds, 96 mammals, 98 reptiles, 181 fish, 219 amphibians. A major factor affecting that could be Mexico’s wildlife is deforestation. It’s estimated that Mexico will need to double its food production by 2050 to keep up with population rises and the increased need for agricultural land has led to Mexico having one of the highest deforestation rates in the world.
Indonesia comes next on the list and becomes the country with the highest number of endangered mammals, with 191 in total on the Red List. Indonesia also has the second highest number of birds on the Red List, with a total of 160. The nation makes up just 1% of the Earth’s land area, yet is home to 17% of all known bird species and 12% of the world’s known mammal species; that’s more species of mammal than any other country in the world. With such high biodiversity, it’s perhaps not surprising that the effects of deforestation and climate change are having such a marked and amplified effect on Indonesia’s wildlife.
Asia is home to a total of 3330 endangered species, across 10 countries, making Asia the continent with the highest number of endangered species. Columbia has the highest number of endangered amphibians at 222.
Despite having a robust wildlife conservation program, the United States still has the 6th highest number of endangered species at a total of 475. With relatively low numbers of endangered mammals, reptiles and amphibians, the US has the highest number of endangered fish in the world. When you consider that the US has the 5th largest fisheries harvest, at over 5 million fish caught per year, and is the fourth biggest exporter of fish and seafood in the world, with an annual value of $5.1 billion, it may not come as a shock that America now has 251 species of fish in danger of extinction.
Even after all of such facts that we come across every day in the news, if you still don’t start worrying and take actionable steps for the conservation of the wildlife and our planet Earth for a better and sustainable future and ecosystem, then there is not much time left until us humans get on the verge of extinction. Humanity can no longer stand by in silence while our wildlife is being used, abused and exploited. It is time we all stand together, to be the voice of the voiceless before it’s too late. Extinction means forever!
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