In the time is takes you to read this page, one of our planet’s unique species will become extinct. By this time tomorrow, a further 150–200 will have disappeared forever. And by this time next year, over 50,000 more.
This alarming rate of extinction is 100-1,000 times, and perhaps even 11,000 times, greater than the expected natural rate.
One in four of the world’s mammals are now threatened with extinction in the near future. So are one in eight birds, one in five sharks, one in four coniferous trees, and one in three amphibians.
By and large, the cause of this decline is human activities. The land we use for living space, food, clothing, housing, fuel; the things we buy; and the waste we produce – all this contributes to the main causes of species loss:
- Habitat loss
- Unsustainable trade
- Climate change
- Invasive species
- Human-animal conflict
Species Blog Posts
The science we have – and the science we need to stop wildlife loss
Living Planet Report Canada – among the most comprehensive studies of monitored vertebrate wildlife population trends ever conducted in Canada – has revealed a depth and breadth of loss that’s unexpected in a country that takes such pride in its image as a land of wild places. From a ...
You can help stop wildlife loss. Here’s how
WWF’s new Living Planet Report Canada, is a wakeup call. It shows that half the monitored wildlife studied are in decline, and their population numbers have dropped on average 83 per cent since 1970. Even the wildlife federally protected by the Species at Risk Act aren’t spared. We ...
Canada’s wildlife are in trouble, WWF-Canada’s new study finds
Canada’s wildlife are in trouble, and those that are declining are suffering deep losses, our new Living Planet Report Canada shows. Half of monitored vertebrate wildlife species in the study suffered population declines on average, according to the report. Of those, the average ...
Don’t let garbage replace wildlife
Without action, there could be more plastic than fish in the sea. Reduce litter with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.
Help wildlife thrive, one garden at a time. Here’s how
The Carolinian Zone is home to more at-risk species than anywhere else in Canada. Your green space is part of the solution.