WILDLIFE PLIGHT

According to the latest researches, globally, 52% of wildlife has been lost in the past 40 years. In Africa as well, the variety and abundance of wildlife is shrinking fast as human population grows and encroaches on the once wild and pristine landscapes. While illegal hunting (known as “poaching”) still runs rampant despite government crackdowns, the spread of logging and agriculture contributes even more to the decline of many species of large mammals. In addition, many wildlife mammals are left orphaned with bleak chances of rehabilitation.

Earth is most likely experiencing its sixth mass extinction. It has been through five such catastrophes before, but this is the first one in human history — and the first one with human fingerprints.

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