Wildlife Chains of Extinction

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The only planet that supports life in the universe is our planet, Earth. An important aspect of this planet is the existence of rich variety of natural resources like soil, water, forests and wildlife. These are valuable resources which need to be conserved in order to maintain the ecological balance in nature. On the contrary, human beings are encroaching upon these resources which have led to several detrimental effects on the environment. The ecological balance between living things is under threat. It is a matter of great concern as all organisms are dependent on each other. If any species of animal becomes extinct, this would in turn lead to chains of extinction.

A biological explanation as regards to ‘chains of extinction’ refers to species of animals that are interlinked with each other and are becoming extinct. When no single member of species is left to reproduce or create young ones of its own kind, extinction becomes certain. Here are few examples to show as to how all organisms are interrelated with each other. Insectivorous birds feed off many parasitic arthropods which are found on large herbivorous animals like hippopotamuses. So if hippo dies, the birds too will become extinct. This would further lead to destruction as the species that are dependent on the birds will also be adversely affected. Similarly insects help in pollination; birds eat insects and thereby prevent the spreading of plagues. Eventually everything that exists in nature is dependent and nothing can survive in isolation. If any of the species go missing, the whole chain will be broken and go out of control. So for a living thing to survive, it must allow other living things to survive. The result is a complete balance in nature.

There is an urgent need to manage and protect the wildlife and their habitat properly and wisely. If they disappear, human survival will be at stake. Already 97% of species that lived on Earth are now extinct. Among other species, dinosaurs, Bali tiger, Passenger pigeon, the golden toad are declared extinct due to hunting and habitat loss.

However some stringent steps are ought to be taken to deter people from hunting endangered birds and animals.

  1. Protect wildlife habitat- Over increasing population has led to a great demand for living space, fuel, wood etc. This has caused large deforestation. Deforestation and overgrazing result in soil erosion and desertification. Such practices have adverse effects on environment such as loss of habitat for wild animals. Destruction of habitat result in the extinction of species. By protecting the animal habitat, we are ensuring the survival of animals.
  2. One should learn about endangered species in their area and try to evoke their friends and family members towards the protection of wildlife, plants and birds that live around them. They should realize the importance and the indispensable services that are provided by them such as fresh air, medicinal plants, water and food.
  3. Minimize the use of herbicides and pesticides as they are harmful pollutants that get mixed in the soil and can affect the wildlife at many levels.
  4. Recycle and stop buying products made from threatened species. Buy recycled paper and cell phones. Stop buying furniture made of wood from the rain forests. Minimize the use of palm oil because the tiger habitats are being destroyed for palm plantation. Stop purchasing products made from fur of tigers, polar bears and other endangered wildlife.
  5. Stop hunting, shooting and trapping of animals.

By supporting or protecting the wildlife habitat, you are saving the very life on Earth.

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