Human beings live in a unique world. Even though there is a common belief of many other planets in the universe supporting alien life, as far we human beings know Earth is the only planet where life exists. Earth is one of the unique worlds in the whole universe. Moreover, it is the planet which features millions of species of flora and fauna. On top of that, there are many species of plants and animals which lived millions of years before humans arrived. There has been a gradual process of extinction where several species of animals, plants, and birds died due to either the climate change of the Earth or any natural disasters taking place once in, millions of years. However, the animal kingdom has faced severe extinction in the past 100 years or so, because of human activities.
Human Beings As Source Of Extinction To Animal Kingdom
Extinction is a gradual process taking place over millions of years on the planet earth. The main reason is various climate change or any severe natural disaster, such as in the case of extinction of dinosaur due to a meteor fall. However, since the process of industrialization, extinction is no longer a natural process in the Animal kingdom. Even though human beings have made tremendous growth in the field of science and technology, but it has affected the total ecological system. Thereby, just for the benefit, we have caused terrible damage to the environment, resulting in the extinction of thousands of species of birds and animals, especially in the last hundred years or so.
In this rate of destruction, the animal kingdom is in the danger of complete wipeout. Not only the animal kingdom, but the entire Earth is also in the threat of extinction if human beings do not stop degrading the environment for their benefit. It is right that human beings spend billions on finding life on other planet and spending trillions to destroy life on Earth. Let us look at some of the animals of the animal kingdom who became extinct in the past hundred years due to human activities.
West African Black Rhinoceros Animal Kingdom
This typical rhino lived in the southeastern regions of Africa and some parts of Asia. The massive rhino was about 1000 kilograms in weight and cam with a unique feature of two horns. Even though it was monstrous in shape, it was vegetarian and ate small leafy plants. However, the excessive greed of man for the horns resulted in uncontrollable poaching of these animals. Even though there were preventions, but their numbers could not see a rise again, and the last rhino died in 2011.
Baiji White Dolphin
It is sad to say that an animal which happily lived for more than 20 million years bean extinct within a hundred years due to human greed. The Baiji White Dolphin was a native dolphin of china Yangtze river. However, because of excessive fishing and growth of industries, these animals suffered a lot, and their number declined. Since 2006 there is no trace of these beautiful dolphins.
Some of the other animals which are now extinct due to human activities include Pyrenean Ibex, Passenger Pigeon, Tasmanian Tiger, Great Auk, and many more.