Wildlife populations fell by more than two-thirds in less than 50 years: WWF

NEW YORK: The conservation group of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has indicated a ‘catastrophic decline’ in wildlife due to human destruction.

In a report released by the WWF, it indicates that wildlife populations have fallen by more than two-thirds in less than 50 years. This loss of wildlife is generated due to habitat issues, including deforestation.

The report has warned that the catastrophic decline in wildlife is not slowing down as nature is being destroyed by humans at a rate never seen before.

According to Chief Executive of WWF, Tanya Steele wildlife is suffering immensely as humans continue to burn forests, destroy wild areas, and over-fish our seas.

“We are wrecking our world the one place we call home – risking our health, security, and survival here on Earth. Now nature is sending us a desperate SOS and time is running out,” she said.

After observing thousands of wildlife species across the world, the report noted an average 68% fall in more than 20,000 populations of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and fish since 1970.

The largest declines in the wildlife are observed in tropical areas. The drop of 94 percent for Latin America and the Caribbean is the largest anywhere in the world, driven by a cocktail of threats to reptiles, amphibians, and birds. The African grey parrot is endangered due to habitat loss and wildlife trade 

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