We humans are so selfish aren’t we? We have cut wood, trees and destroyed the habitat of animals so much so that a lot many of them have become extinct, endangered or are on the verge of getting wiped out. Humanity is about living and letting others live their life happily. Therefore, isn’t this a gross violation of humanity? Aren’t we behaving as masters of the world without a care for the precious lives of others? Don’t animals have the right to live without having to worry about their survival day in and day out?
It’s quite unfortunate that despite being the national animal of India, the Bengal Tiger is among the most threatened animals from the activities of humans. While they have suffered from years due to poaching, human conflicts and habitat destruction, their numbers have increased to 2,226 as per the census 2014 which is a 30% increase from 2010. Special initiatives like setting up a tiger protection task-force, arresting poachers, trying to minimize human – animal conflicts among others has helped in increasing their numbers.
Unfortunately, this increase is not uniform across the country as the numbers have dwindled in certain states. And that’s why, we cannot rest on our laurels as a lot more still needs to be done.
The Asiatic Lion can generally be spotted at the Gir Forest in Gujarat. It is listed as an endangered species due to its small size which needs to be delicately maintained. It has shown a remarkable recovery from the point of extinction in the 1970s when there were just a few of them to 2010 when their number reached around 400. Protecting their habitat and taking tough measures against poaching were the primary reasons due to which they survived and their population increased dramatically.
But considering that there is always a threat from humans and the fact that their population is so low and consigned only to a specific part of the country, it’s always important that adequate measures are in place to take care of their well being and ensure that their numbers keep increasing.
The snow leopard in India is native to the mountain ranges of the Himalayas and found in Uttaranchal, Ladakah, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. Their primary danger is the human activities like deforestation, setting up settlements etc. which have also resulted in loss of their prey. Due to this, a lot many move into human settlements or the fields where the humans keep their livestock. Seeing this, a lot many retaliatory killings have started to occur as farmers blame that their livestock are attacked. And finally, many of them are even killed for their pelts and other parts which are used for making Asian medicines.
And therefore, the World Wildlife Fund’s clarion call ‘Save the Snow Leopard’ comes at the right time. This initiative aims at bring forth measures to reduce the human – leopard conflict and help increase their population beyond the 400-700 which still remain. By conserving the snow leopard, we would help in ensuring the conservation of the mountain landscapes in our country which is the greatest source of freshwater.
There are many more animals like Gharial, Blackbuck, Indian Wild Ass, One Horned Rhinoceros, Indian Bullfrog, Lion – tailed Macaque among others which need our immediate attention.
Conservation of animals and their habitats is really important to maintain the biodiversity of the planet. Moreover a lot of our medical, scientific studies and research come from the behavior of animals to specific chemicals, medicines etc. If we don’t want to imagine a world without animals, we must act now before it gets too late.
I am participating in the Save the Species contest for the book “Capturing Wildlife Moments in India” in association with Saevus Wildlife India, read the reviews for the book ‘Capturing Wildlife Moments in India’ here
Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – July – My post no 19 for this month.