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By Scott Leslie

Scientists estimate that the whole biodiversity in the world is among 10 million and a hundred million species. of those, simply over 1.6 million and counting have truly 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 number of species, together with the Pinta Island significant tortoise and the Yangtze massive softshell turtle, sit down squarely at the border of extinction within the wild with a inhabitants of one.

In 100 less than 100, Scott Leslie tells the interesting 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 development, as the various rarest of the infrequent are again from the edge of extinction throughout the committed efforts of individuals round the world.

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There is also constant pressure to develop new gas and oil pipelines, and expand road and rail networks, logging, and mining. Despite this, the leopard’s population has remained relatively stable over the past 30 years. Thankfully, the Amur leopard and its tiger cousin have allies in their struggle to survive. A coalition of a dozen or so conservation groups known as ALTA (Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance) has the big cats’ best interest in mind. In 2006, ALTA helped stop plans to build an oil pipeline terminal within the range of the leopard.

There is also constant pressure to develop new gas and oil pipelines, and expand road and rail networks, logging, and mining. Despite this, the leopard’s population has remained relatively stable over the past 30 years. Thankfully, the Amur leopard and its tiger cousin have allies in their struggle to survive. A coalition of a dozen or so conservation groups known as ALTA (Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance) has the big cats’ best interest in mind. In 2006, ALTA helped stop plans to build an oil pipeline terminal within the range of the leopard.

These aren’t species most of us know. Is anything really at stake as they hang on to survival by only a thread? The answer is an emphatic yes. Some of the species are intrinsically beautiful. All of them live in special places. Their declines shout out at our carelessness with our planet. And, some show that we can bring species back from the very edge, that we need not, indeed must not, accept extinction as an option. I saw my first Iberian lynx after midnight at the Coto Doñana in Spain, walking along the edge of a lake in the light of a full moon.

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