100 Under 100: The Race to Save the World's Rarest Living by Scott Leslie

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 seriously. Of this staff, a few have vanishingly small populations within the double or unmarried digits. a couple of species, together with the Pinta Island substantial tortoise and the Yangtze colossal softshell turtle, take a seat squarely at the border of extinction within the wild with a inhabitants of one.

In 100 lower than 100, Scott Leslie tells the attention-grabbing tales of species in far-flung areas not anyone 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 few of the rarest of the infrequent are again from the edge of extinction during the committed efforts of individuals round the world.

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Although these national parks and wildlife refuges cover millions of hectares, much of the habitat is fragmented into smaller bits by roads and development. Moreover, some cheetahs live in unprotected areas, making them difficult to safeguard and accurately count. As if all that weren’t enough, the world’s cheetahs have always been cursed with a very limited gene pool stemming from a “genetic bottleneck” they passed through about 12,000 years ago. At that time, some kind of environmental catastrophe such as climate change or overhunting by paleolithic humans left only a handful of cheetah survivors to act as the breeding stock from which all of today’s cheetahs have descended.

Many of these karst formations rise vertically from the shallow marine waters, creating a distinctive landscape that draws thousands of international tourists each year. Verdant evergreen tropical monsoon forests cover most of the larger islands, including Cat Ba Island itself, the largest in the archipelago at 130 square kilometres. Over half the island is a national park, protected for its phenomenal biodiversity, which includes more than 20 endangered species. However, with 13,000 people living on such a small island and hundreds of thousands of tourists visiting each year, there’s little room left for wildlife (or humans, for that matter).

It thrived in harmony with its surroundings, reaching a peak population of possibly a half million birds; this is the epitome of a successful species, not a failed one. But time was not on its side. Having lived for millennia without natural predators, dodos had no need of an instinctive fear of anything, so they were very tame. This made them easy pickings for the first humans they had ever encountered, Portuguese sailors who stopped by the island in the early 16th century to gather food for the onward leg of their journeys.

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