Save the species on extinction … IUCN

nature is needed

IUCN environmental organization sounding the alarm. At the same time to commencing Rio +20 environmental summit has submitted a list of endangered species. The trend is clear: more and more species of plants and animals is on the decline. With 65,000 known species extinction risk of 20 thousand!

biotopes

Amphibians are particularly at risk. Almost 40 percent. the world’s population of frogs, toads and salamanders are threatened. Few realize that it is also dangerous to humans. Habitats of these species are not only a valuable source of food for other animals, but also clean water and raw materials for the production of drugs.

Her Majesty the Royal cobra

Most of the species dying out because their natural worsen living conditions. Some animals are simply eliminated by the people. For example, extinction is the king cobra, the largest venomous snakes of which now appeared on the so-called „red list”. The meat of these animals is a delicacy, the skin is a valuable resource.

Overfishing of the seas and lakes

Organization IUCN sensitize the importance for man is most species of plants and animals. For example, tilapia from Lake Malawi (Oreochromis karongae) is the most popular fish in Africa, providing valuable protein.

dying rays fantasy world!

Excessive, uncontrolled exploitation of fisheries, reducing populations of harvested species below the level safe for them to play longer threatens many of them. In some waters the fish population declined by 90 percent. On the extinction of about 40 percent. all the rays.

Nature can do without man …

… but man can not do without nature. IUCN notes that one third of food produced in the world only because the plants are pollinated by the animals: insects, birds and bats. This species of bat  called „vampire red”.

small pharmacist

The animals are not only food for other animals or humans. They provide the raw materials for the production of medicines, as some of the frogs. Half of the specifics prescribed by doctors around the world are of plant or animal – tells the IUCN.

Future in doubt

The rule is that the more magnificent animal is, the less reliable is his fate. Generally these animals are living longer, and thus, reach sexual maturity later. Fewer and fewer of them have a chance to wait for the offspring. Extinction risk of 1/4 of all mammals, including tigers, and whales .

A worldwide network of conservationists

IUCN is the world’s largest association of governmental and non-governmental environmental organizations, which includes more than 1,000 organizations, including German are Deutscher Naturschutzring and NABU. IUCN headquarters in Geneva.

Author: Margaret Matzke

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