By Scott Leslie
Scientists estimate that the full biodiversity on the earth is among 10 million and a hundred million species. of those, simply over 1.6 million and counting have really been catalogued and defined. One percentage, or 16,306, of these species are threatened with extinction, approximately one-fifth of them severely. Of this crew, a few have vanishingly small populations within the double or unmarried digits. a couple of species, together with the Pinta Island monstrous tortoise and the Yangtze substantial softshell turtle, take a seat squarely at the border of extinction within the wild with a inhabitants of one.
In 100 below 100, Scott Leslie tells the attention-grabbing tales of species in far-flung locations no one ever hears approximately, just like the northern hairy-nosed wombat, the Gorgan mountain salamander or the Irrawaddy river shark. towards domestic are the Vancouver Island marmot, the Wyoming toad and the Devil’s gap pupfish. Leslie additionally tells tales of hopeful growth, as a number of the rarest of the infrequent are again from the edge of extinction throughout the committed efforts of individuals round the world.
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Since then, the Mauritius kestrel has rebounded even farther on its own, and today the population stands at around the 1,000 mark, a number that biologists feel might be about the maximum sustainable, given the amount of suitable habitat left for the kestrels on the island. Future plans include translocating a number of birds to islands around Mauritius and to the island of Réunion, whose own endemic kestrel went extinct some 300 years ago. As for Carl Jones? He remained in Mauritius and would be a key factor in the survival of the pink pigeon and the echo parakeet.
W. Hayman. ” Apparently, in the old days you could have a species named after you for just helping somebody shoot it! Western red colobus monkeys were once found in their millions across much of Africa. Overall, they are now considered the most threatened group of primates on the continent. In addition to Miss Waldron’s, the Pennant’s red colobus, Preuss’s red colobus, and the Niger Delta red colobus are all threatened with extinction. The Bouvier’s red colobus hasn’t been seen in 30 years and may already be history.
OUR CLOSEST KIN: MAMMALS As a rule, most mammal species are small, shy, nocturnal, and rarely seen. But not all. Some, like the big cats, the great whales, rhinos, and antelopes are among the most spectacular living things inhabiting the planet with us, while our primate cousins share virtually our entire genetic code. As a mammal species barely 100,000 years old, we are still wet-behind-the-ears newcomers, junior players to practically all others on the evolutionary stage. Unfortunately, we happen to be, by far, the most abundant species of mammal ever to exist on the face of the earth.
100 Under 100: The Race to Save the World's Rarest Living Things [Paperback] by Scott Leslie