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Wildlife Extinction and Endangerment

Since the rise of the Industrial Revolution, human advancements have been catapulted to undeniable heights. Renewable energy, dams, bridges, sky rises, and housing created and now dot the skyline. But with the rise of these developments came continuing damage to multiple wildlife ecosystems, causing wildlife extinction and endangerment. Many areas that were previously home to various wildlife were manipulated, condensed, or in certain circumstances even completely eliminated in order to accommodate the needs of the human population.

By the turn of the 21st century, thousands of animals have gone extinct and even more entered the status of critically endangered as identified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Poaching and requisitions for believed, though often unfounded, medicinal effects or even just for internal decoration and clothing have caused an alarming degradation of these animals’ numbers, with some even going completely extinct. Below are a few of these animals that experienced a problematic decline.

Baiji Dolphin

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A male baiji dolphin typically was around 7.5 feet long and 8.2 feet for females, with a record length of 8.1 feet. They had a bottle-nosed, slightly upturned beak and a bottle-shaped body.[Image: http://mnn.com/]

The baiji dolphin was native to the Yangtze River in China. It is currently declared extinct, with the last verified sighting reported way back in 2004. There was evidently a supposed sighting of a lone baiji back in 2007, but with no other sightings since and with no other known baiji in the area, it is said to not have any possible way of maintaining its population. Their extinction was due to massive pollution in the Yangtze River and the building of dams and land reclamation that illuminated their niche. The further industrialization of China has made the baiji a popular hunting target as its skin and eyes hold a high monetary value as well. Although hunting was not the most significant factor in the extinction of the baiji and it was instead caused by massive human industrial expansion, a lack of of knowledge and timely conservation ultimately led to the demise and extinction of the species.

Western Black Rhinoceros

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A western black rhino weighed as much as 1.5 tons in its prime. It primarily resided in Africa and was a kind, social animal. [Image: http://i.imgur.com/]

The western black rhinoceros was native to Africa and was rich in population up until around the 20th century when hunting for their horns became more common. Their decline was such that their numbers deteriorated to just 10 within a century, and just a year after that sharp decline, only five were left before their complete demise in 2004. The major cause of the western black rhino’s extinction was poaching and hunting for their horns. Some cultures held the belief that their horns contained medicinal attributes, and with a lack of conservation efforts and the demand of the horn and skin from the rhinos in the black market, they were hunted extensively to extinction.

As of now, other rhinos are also facing a critical endangered status, and preservation efforts are currently underway to keep them from following in the tracks of the western black rhino. Unfortunately, preserving them is proving to be difficult due to a lack of sufficient conservation efforts in place. Hopefully with more awareness, these ancient creatures can be saved and left to peacefully roam in the lands where they have thrived for millions of years.

Tiger

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Tigers are probably one of the most elegant creatures in the wild, its white, gold, and black stripes a staple of the animal. Part of the charismatic megafauna, it is commonly the face of conservation advocacies. [Image: http://spiritanimals.wikia.com/]

While tigers are generally prohibited from being hunted and are well protected by conservationists, they are still subject to poaching, their continuously dwindling numbers a testament to this. Like rhinos, tigers are also subject to being sold in the black market as medicine, ornaments, and aphrodisiacs. While conservation efforts are strict, there is still a large case of tiger poaching and selling them within the black market.

Sumatran Elephant

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Sumatran Elephants are social, gentle mammals. They have an average length of five to nine feet and can grow up to 20 feet and weigh approximately five tons. [Image: http://www.berdiri.org/]

Another critically endangered species is the Sumatran elephant. The decline in their numbers is primarily caused by poaching for their ivory tusks as well as an immense loss of habitat due to agricultural efforts. Found in the Riau province in Sumatra, Indonesia, these elephants once roamed the island widely before poaching led to their sharp and continuous population regression; they lost 50 percent of their population in just 22 years due to poaching. In certain local places in Sumatra, they are now locally extinct where they once were widespread. A combination of these factors continues to threaten their existence even today.

These animals are only a few examples of those that were badly affected by the illegal poaching and industrialization efforts of mankind. It is important to be aware of the proper rules and regulations toward wildlife in order to continue the preservation methods currently in place. Head on over to our Rules & Regulations sections in our Pocket Ranger® mobile apps to help you stay informed of the proper do’s and don’ts. With combined preservation efforts, we can still assist in keeping these beautiful creatures safe and sound.

Animal Prints, Ranked

Nature produces beautiful works of art. From the awe-inspiring sunsets to the alien-like creatures that swim in our oceans, Mother Nature is the most original artist of them all. In fact, animal prints are so unique, they’ve made their way into mainstream fashion.

We’ve compiled a list of the top 15 animals prints in nature. We ranked the list based on natural beauty and how well the design has impacted the fashion world. Do you agree with our list?

15. Giraffe

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Giraffes are some of the most beautiful creatures on Earth, but when it comes to wearing the design, it’s usually a no-go. For some reason, giraffe design never caught on in the mainstream fashion world, which is odd because they resemble cow patterns, but a different color.

14. Deer

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Yeah, we know what you’re thinking: “But Bambi was so cute.” Well, just like all children, once they grow up, looks fade. Of course deer fur is cute, but doesn’t translate well into any other medium.

13. Alligator

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Anything is a sign of luxury when it’s worn for fashion, but these not so gentile giant lizards aren’t necessarily nature’s beauty queens. That’s not to say they’re leathery skin isn’t a sight for sore eyes.

12. White Tiger 

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White tigers are one of the most beautiful animals of all time. Did you know that white tigers are not true albinos? They are just a pigmentation variety of the usual Bengal tiger coat.

11. Leopard                   

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Lots of people mix up leopards and jaguars. Leopard animal prints are less complicated than jaguar animal prints. Jaguar’s fur design consists of larger, less round circles. Leopards sports are golden brown spots inside of black, circular spots.

10. Dalmatian

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We all know one person who would rank Dalmatians number one on this list. Coming in at no. 10 is the most well-known dog print in the world. These precious pooches sure do boast an interesting design for canines.

9. Tiger

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Tigers are the largest, and thanks to their orange fur with black stripes, the most recognizable of the cat species.

8. Cheetah

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Cheetah prints are more clean cut than the previous two animals. The spots are more pronounced and organized.

7. Panther

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Black is always chic, yet classic. Enough said. 

6. Ladybug

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Not to be outdone, an insect jumps in at no. 6. Ladybugs may be small, but their red and black print makes them one of the most recognizable insects in the world.

5. Cow             

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Cows’ signature black blotches make for a sleek design both on clothing and in nature.

4. Peacock

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EVERYONE loves peacocks. Fun Fact: Did you know only males are peacocks, while females are called peahens?

3. Jaguar

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Jaguar print comes in at no. 3 on our animal prints list. That’s only because if it’s not worn subtly, it can be considered tacky. But, do you know who wears it perfectly? Jaguars!

2. Zebra

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Are zebras black with white stripes or white with black stripes. It was commonly believed they were white with black stripes because their underbellies were white, but now science suggest they are black because that’s their color at their last embryonic stage.

1. Snake

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Taking the top spot are nature’s slithering serpents. Why? Snake skin designs are the most versatile in the animal kingdom in that they come in all colors and patterns. Snake skin designs are also extremely popular in the fashion world. They have brilliant yellows, bright oranges and even black.