The Animal Species We Lost in 2018

We take a look at some of the losses the World’s animal kingdom suffered in 2018 plus how you can help make a difference.

Spix’s Macaw

Famous as the star of movie Rio, these brilliant blue birds no longer exist in the wild. Around 100 Spix’s Macaws do still exist in the world, but they are all in captivity.

2018 also saw the less well-known cryptic treehunter, Alagoas foliage-gleaner and poo-uli become extinct.

Charities like RSPB analyse the threat facing birds and find ways to put it right to prevent even more bird species’ becoming extinct. Support the work of RSPB for FREE when you shop online via Give as you Live > 

Northern White Rhino

 

Sudan, the last male northern white rhino died in March 2018, at the ripe old age of 45. Just two female northern white rhinos are now known to exist – Sudan’s daughtersNajin and her daughter Fatu. The only hope of preserving the species lies in developing IVF techniques using stored northern white rhino semen, eggs from the last two remaining females and surrogate southern white rhino females.

Poaching of rhino horn for use in traditional Chinese medicines wiped out the northern white rhino populations in the 1970s and 80s. Charities like Helping Rhinos continue to fund scientific research to help the species continue in a lab – the only hope of a future for the sub-species is a scientific breakthrough. Support the work of Helping Rhinos for FREE when you shop online via Give as you Live > 

Vaquita Porpoise

 

Thanks to high demand for rare fish bladders, it is believed there are as few as 12 vaquita’s – the world’s smallest cetacean –  left in the wild.

In 2017 an attempt was made to catch some of the last remaining porpoises using military-trained dolphins to bring them into a captive breeding programme but had to be called off following the unfortunate death of a breeding age female. Whale & Dolphin Conservation (WDC) is the leading global charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales and dolphins. They defend these remarkable creatures against the many threats they face. Support the work of WDC for FREE when you shop online via Give as you Live >

Eastern Cougar

 

Listed as an endangered species since 1973, there hasn’t been a confirmed sighting of this big cat in 80 years. Eastern Cougars used to be found in the forests and mountains across North America and were officially declared extinct in January 2018 after a 7-year extensive review into their status.

Charities like The Big Cat Sanctuary, based in Kent, assist in the World’s conservation efforts by breeding endangered cats within the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme to prevent more sub-species like the Eastern Cougar becoming extinct. Support the work of The Big Cat Sanctuary for FREE when you shop online via Give as you Live > 

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