As self-appointed custodians of the beautiful planet we inhabit, it is surely our moral duty to look after the welfare of all species that call Earth home. Homo sapiens won the evolutionary race so long ago that it’s almost hard to believe any genuine competition ever existed.
In the modern era, “social responsibility” is a term I hear almost on a day-to-day basis. Those who live by this ethos often consider the positive impact they can contribute to human society, but many forget about the environment and the wildlife that plays a pivotal role in balancing the very ecosystems that our lives depend upon.
It is fairly common knowledge now that the human race depends on nature, but that nature has no reliance on us. Despite this general awareness, rainforests are being cut down at an alarming rate. Carbon emissions are melting sea ice and increasing water temperatures are leading to coral bleaching. Plastic and other harmful waste is being dumped into the oceans, literally choking marine life to death.
While it is clear that our unsustainable practices will eventually come back to haunt us, the effects of our actions are already proving to be extremely detrimental to many other species. By now, the vast majority of people will know about the plight of iconic species such as the Giant Panda, Siberian Tiger and Polar Bear.
Here, we take a look at some of the lesser known species threatened with extinction, many of which owe their vulnerable status to the actions of mankind.