SpineOut : August September 2015
Seven great organisations who are actively working to support endangered wildlife. World Wildlife Fund Natural Resources Defense Council Wildlife Conservation Society Wildlife Alliance I FAW African Wildlife Foundation Animal Welfare Institute All the big cats are endangered species. For all the fear we have of the big cats it turns out that it is actually humans who are pushing these beautiful animals towards extinction. Primarily the biggest threat to these majestic felines, and most other endangered species, comes from the destruction of their habitat by people. As humans expand their cities, create more land for farming, wild animals are pushed further and further afield or into smaller and smaller habitats. It is not only the big cats that suffer but also their prey, which is dwindling in population. As pastures are created for cattle, farmers will shoot any big cat that is near their herd. Poaching also contributes to the reason big cats are endangered. Poachers benefit by selling animals as big cats have a high commercial value. The tiger population in particular faces danger from poachers who provide tiger parts to the East Asian medical market, particularly their bone. Big Cats FacingExctinction Think about ... How can we educate people to understand what is happening to the big cats population and why? What obstacles are there in changing people's understanding of the plight of endangered wildlife? How can we help to improve the overall situation for these big cats? Will climate change affect these big cats? What would it be like if these big cats were no longer found in the wild? What roles do zoos play in saving endangered wildlife?
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