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4. Develop Reverence for Wildlife

“It is high time to give serious thought to protecting Nature.  The destruction of Nature is the same thing as the destruction of humanity.  Trees, animas, birds, plants, forests, mountains, lakes and rivers-everything that exists in nature-are in desperate need of our kindness, of the compassionate care and protection of man.”  Amma-(Man and Nature p22)

The state of the world’s wildlife is one of the most significant measures of the condition of the planet and of our own survival.

The White Lion EXTINCT in the wild for over 30 years

The Quagga Zebra EXTINCT since the late 1800’s, hunted for its meat and fur.

The Purenea Ibex EXTINCT. 
This wild mountain goat once roamed Europe in their thousands.  Hunted for there horns.
The last living Pyrene died in year 2000.

The Caribbean Monk Seal Declared EXTINCT in 2008

The Baiji Dolphin now considered functionally EXTINCT.  A peaceful, majestic dolphin that inhabited Chinas Yangtze River for at least the last 20 million years.

 

"This is a reminder that we are in the midst of what is being called the “Sixth Great Extinction”- with species disappearing at a hundred to a thousand times the historic rate—and amphibians are really at the forefront of this extinction wave." National Geographic.

The Tarpan, Equus Caballus Gmelini, wild European horse EXTINCT.

The Glutton, Gulo Gulo L., EXTINCT

 

There are over 600 species of primates in the world. Over half of these are considered endangered to becoming EXTINCT.

At the present rate of habitat loss the Sumatran Orangutan is estimated to become extinct in the wild in the next 10 to 20 years.  A loss of 80% of suitable habitat has occurred in the past 10 to 20 years. 
We can help these beautiful creatures- it’s not too late!

For these species it is too late.....

Animals that have become EXTINCT in the last 100 years include:
Arabian Ostrich
Atitlan Grebe
Bali Tiger
Barbary Lion
Bubal Hartebeest
Bushwren
Canarian Black Oystercatcher
Cape Verde Giant Skink
Caribbean Monk Seal
Carolina Parakeet
Caspian Tiger
Caucasian Wisent
Colombian Grebe
Crescent Nail-tail Wallaby
Golden Toad
Grand Cayman Thrush
Guam Flying Fox
Hawai'i 'O'o
Heath Hen
Japanese Sea Lion
Javan Tiger
Kaua'i 'O'o
Laughing Owl
Laysan Rail
Little Swan Island Hutia
Palestinian Painted Frog
Paradise Parrot
Passenger Pigeon
Pyrenean Ibex
Roque Chico de Salmor Giant Lizard
Round Island Burrowing Boa
Ryukyu Wood-pigeon
Santo Stefano Lizard
Schomburgk's Deer
South Island Piopio
Tasmanian Wolf
Thicktail Chub
Toolache Wallaby
Western Black Rhinoceros
Wake Island Rail

There are many more...........

The Ploughshare tortoise - critically endangered.  Of the 328 species of tortoise half are now threatened with extinction.

Never before in the history of man, since the dinosaurs, has there been such a rapid growth in global species extinction. 

According to the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature):

22% of the world’s mammal species are globally threatened or extinct.

76 species of mammals have been identified as extinct.

More than one in eight birds are at threat of extinction
and one third of  all amphibians. 

As many as 159 amphibian species may already be extinct.

Habitat loss is recognized as the greatest global threat affecting over 2,000 mammal species. Unsustainable hunting is the second greatest threat affecting almost 1,000 mammal species.

Over fishing and pollution are also threatening marine and freshwater species.

27% of marine birds and 17% of shark species are on the brink of extinction.

Six of the seven marine turtle species are at threat of extinction.

27% of reef building corals are also at threat of extinction.

These are just some of the facts…..

WWF (World Wildlife Fund) reports: that thanks to the commitment of the Nepalese Government to biodiversity conservation and to the grass roots efforts of conservation groups: numbers in the wild of the critically endangered Rhino are improving. Poaching still remains a serious threat. (www.wwf.org)

Globally since the year 2000, Tiger numbers in the wild have dropped from approx.100, 000 to 3,200 due to illegal poaching and habitat loss.  However - there is hope for the Caspian Tiger of Central Asia.  Classified as extinct in the wild in the 1970’s’, it may be reestablished in the wild due to Government commitment and local experts in Kazakhstan’s extensive captive breeding programs. (www.wwf.org)

Protection and Preservation of the world’s remaining wildlife is possible.

Many species have already been brought back from near extinction.

We can make a difference.  We can help halt the destruction of forests and other habitats and restore vitality to the world’s ecological systems.

The earth’s creatures need us!

Through marked effort, passionate belief and compassion for all living creatures we can help restore balance and harmony to nature and our own lives.

WILDLIFE IN AUSTRALIA

 Endangered Spectacled hare Wallaby    Endangered Northern Quoll

Australia is one of the six most bio-diverse nations on the planet.  80% of our animals are endemic (found only in Australia).

Australia has the worst mammal extinction record in the world!

According to Australian Wildlife Conservatory (AWC) - ;

  • 27 mammals have become extinct in the last 200 years.
  • More than 1500 mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and plants are listed as threatened with extinction under federal legislation, with 3,000 ecosystems identified as facing extinction.
  • Australia has more threatened reptile species than any other country in the world.
  •  Nearly 15% of our bird species are also threatened with extinction. (AWC website).

Threats include:

  • Destruction and fragmentation of Habitat.
  • Clearance of land for Agriculture.
  • Pollution due to commercial farming practices and industry mining.
  • Introduced species, feral animals.
  • Logging.
  • Urbanization.


Hairy Nosed wombat endangered

What can we do?

  • Firstly, by developing genuine compassion and love for nature and instilling this in our children, we will find the will and commitment to protect and nurture our planet.
  • Live with awareness.  Attempt to see the world through the eyes of local wildlife.
  • Join  a local environment group and help regenerate local habitats
  • Plant Indigenous plants.
  • Practice or support “green’ or sustainable farming
  • Purchase certified organic products or products grown using sustainable farming methods.
  • Use environmentally friendly products.
  • Clean up litter.
  • Help to get remnant land Protected for Wildlife
  • Purchase land to rejuvenate and protect it for Wildlife
  • Identify local endangered or vulnerable species and start up a cause.
  • Find creative ways to involve and educate local community to these issues.

                           

Endangered Turquoise Parakeet                           Endangered Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby


Activities & Updates

More activities and updates coming soon!

 

Contact Us & Local GreenFriends Coordinators

National greenfriends@ammaaustralia.org.au  
Adelaide gfadelaide@ammaaustralia.org.au Abhiram Molloy
Brisbane gfbrisbane@ammaaustralia.org.au Lalana Davidson and Gemma Waddington
Byron Bay gfbyronbay@ammaaustralia.org.au Salini Bedford
Melbourne gfmelbourne@ammaaustralia.org.au Benita Davis
Newcastle gfnewcastle@ammaaustralia.org.au Anna Zerafa
Sunshine Coast gfsunshinecoast@ammaaustralia.org.au Sri Devi Woodhead
Sydney gfsydney@ammaaustralia.org.au Thankam Rydstrand
Tasmania gftasmania@ammaaustralia.org.au Greg and Libby Maulder

 

“Nature is nothing but Gods visible form, which we can see and experience through our senses.  Indeed, by loving and serving Mother Nature, we are worshipping God directly”.  AMMA   Embracing the World

“The earth, plants and animals are all manifestations of God. We should love them as our own self”
Amma

 

 

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