World Wildlife Day; another day that calls for some wise words from the Dr. because the future of Wildlife is in our hands and “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
There are so many amazing animals that are endangered and we can be the deciding factor as to whether they will go the way of the dodo. Although World Wildlife Day celebrates and promotes conservation of the many species that share this planet in 2016 there is a particular focus on elephants.
Elephants are currently experiencing a crisis, now is the time to take action to save them. The biggest threat to elephants is poaching and the ilegal trade of Ivory. One important thing we can do to help elephants is be conscious consumers and pledge not to buy any ivory products. There are so many reasons to save elephants, they really are one of the coolest creatures. An awesome elephant fact I have learnt today: 1/3 of trees in Africa are pooped out by elephants!! True story. Many plant species in Africa depend on being digested by elephants in order for their seeds to germinate. How cool is that?! Elelphants basically poop forests.
Another animal that is critically endangered and needs us to act now is the Maui’s dolphin. This is the smallest species of dolphin and is only found on the West Coast of Aotearoa (New Zealand). It is estimated there are only 55 left. let me repeat that number for you: only. 55. In. The. Whole. World.
Threats to Maui’s dolphin are mainly human and include fishing, pollution and marine litter, and the effects of marine mining, drilling, and construction. Currently less than half of the Maui’s dolphins’ habitat is protected. This is outrageous as, let me remind you, there are only 55 left. If you would like to help save the Maui’s dolphin you can donate to WWF here or better yet write to an MP about this issue. you can write to Nathan Guy or Maggie Barry freepost (within NZ) at the following addresses:
Nathan Guy, Minister of Primary Industries, Parliament Buildings, Wellington
Maggie Barry, Minister of Conservation, Parliament Buildings, Wellington
For World Wildlife Day I have drawn the above amazingly accurate picture of some endangered animals (and a Tui which I’m pretty sure are doing ok but they’re cool birds). I have also donated to the WWF to help save the last 55 Maui’s Dolphin and to help out those elephants too. I will be writing to some MPs over the weekend when I have more free time. So please join me in writing letters (or emails) if you have the time.
Until next time, let the wild rumpus start!