Unfortunately, many of the beautiful species shown in my images are now on the red list of endangered species maintained by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Over the last 3 decades, Vulture populations in India and Africa have declined by 97-99.9%. The Madagascan Fish Eagle and Philippine Eagle are critically endangered. There are now thought to be only about 400 Amur Leopards living in the wild. In the last 100 years, 3 of the 9 sub-species of tiger have become extinct. Cheetah’s have already vanished from 90% of their historic range. Sadly, these stories and not unusual. There are currently more than 30,000 species on the IUCN’s Red List, which is more than 27% of all recorded species.
Across the globe, wild animals face ever increasing threats from humans. Man's impact on our planet is driving many species towards the brink of extinction, as habitats are destroyed to meet the ever increasing needs of an expanding human population and a society which measures success in terms of economic growth and the acquisition of material wealth.
As a species, it is imperative that we find a way to live alongside the beautiful animals who we share this fantastic planet with. It is their home just as much as it is our’s, and a healthy and biodiverse ecosystem benefits us all. We simply must find a way to live sustainably and responsibly, in a way that respects and protects Mother Earth and all of her precious inhabitants. In my opinion, we have a moral obligation to do so.
Thankfully, there are individuals and organisations who are committed to the preservation and protection of these animals. They work tirelessly, often with very limited resources, to rehabilitate injured animals, organise breeding and release programmes, educate the public and work with local people to find ways to manage human and animal conflict. Their dedicate their lives, often with little recognition, to give a voice to the voiceless.
Please do what you can to protect our planet. I would also encourage you to consider supporting animal conservation charities. They strive to protect the natural world for future generations and to make the world a much better place for us all.