Brink of Extinction

Topics: Endangered species, Biodiversity, Extinction Pages: 5 (1630 words) Published: February 25, 2011
Brink of Extinction
In Malaysia today the survival of wildlife have taken second place to human activity. All major wildlife species are now threatened with extinction. Does saving these endangered species and taking necessary actions for those who are on the brink of extinction means anything to you? Most of us are not aware that our Malayan Tiger, Clouded Leopard (Roy Goh 2011), Pygmy Elephant, Sumatran Rhino, Orang-Utan and Turtles are in the under-extinction animals category. Malaysian should be grateful for owning these animals in our tropical rainforest. However, we destroy the forest, hunt these animals and export them to other country. Without realizing it, these animals are under extinction. That's mean, we're almost losing them from this world. If we keep ignoring them, We might not see the Leatherback turtle in Redang island or the Malayan Tiger in the zoo, or Borneo pygmy (elephant) or even the orang utan anymore, if actions are not taken In future ,our grandchild will not able to see them in real.. or just in the documentary in National Geography channel or encyclopedia “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” ( Mother Teresa 2006) But another kind of wildlife is being threatened with much greater ferocity. The kind of wildlife that nature has best owed upon us, and the kind that we need to preserve. After all, this kind of wildlife forms an important role of the ecosystem that keeps planet Earth alive. Consider the following facts as stated in “savingmalaysianwildlife”(2007) 14% of Malaysia’s mammals are listed by The World Conservation Union (IUCN) as endangered * Of 30 species of turtle ever discovered, only 7 are left * The Bornean species of orangutan is highly endangered, and the Sumatran species is critically endangered, according to the IUCN Red List of mammals, and both are listed on Appendix of CITES.

And while the nocturnal urban wildlife threat can be overcome with making sure you vote in the kind of government you want, the threat facing natural wildlife in Malaysia actually comes from us human beings ourselves. Particularly, from our economic activities, that have taken action over nature. Landslides and flooding are only two of the symptoms we frequently hear about - vanishing wildlife is another as stated in “my Asylum “( 2007)      Many environmental experts are pessimistic about the future of our planet, especially the wildlife extinction .  Reality shows clearly to us that the number of animal living in our planet is decreasing as they are being hunted by people or dying because of losing their habitat . If we keep on  hunting and destroy the environment , we will put an end to the wildlife and step one step closer to the end of the world.     

On the other hand, hunting also cause some animals to extinction. It’s absolutely erroneous and shameful if the hunting is done only to satisfy vain pleasure like fur coat or a trophy hanging in the hunter’s house. In addition , it’s illegal to hunt such endangered animals for their valuable parts of body. These people don’t know what they do to satisfy their greed is to destroy the wildlife and commit crimes. The dodo bird once inhabited the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. After man introduced the pig to the island, as well as being hunted by man, the dodo became extinct around 1680. Today, the California condor is being threatened. The condor was a common inhabitant of the North American mountains in earlier days, but approximately forty condors in southern California are the last of their kind. The tapir of South America and Southeast Asia is a rare sight, coming out only at night. The tapir is also facing extinction.  

It has been the history of life on this planet for some species to live, while others have died out. It happens to plants as well as to animals, because their habitats are altered by the...

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