Sorry this post is late, but this is my finals week in school and my schedule is pretty hectic! Since I just finished my Biology class today, I thought it would be fitting to begin a series I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. I’ll write about a few of the most fascinating endangered creatures in creation, and why it’s vital to save them. Without further ado, I present the dugong (and a few others):
These adorable sea creatures are thought to have inspired myths of mermaids, with the help of their cousins the manatees. They feed off of sea grass and they’re basically the cows of the ocean. Prized for their meat, oil, skin, and bones, these animals are under threat due to poaching. Pollution is also a menace to them because their food cannot grow in tainted waters. Dugongs are valuable tourist attractions, and they also help keep ecosystems in balance by grazing. For information on the protection of these animals, click here.
Due to hunting, these long-nosed antelopes are critically endangered. They are killed for their horns, which are said to have restorative powers and can sell for up to $150! Unfortunately, this has caused them to be hunted more strictly rather than giving them a chance to get their numbers up again (what kind of logic is that?). Strangely enough, mortality rates sometimes reach up to 90% during mating season due to males fighting over a mate. They’re already killing each other, so let’s not kill them too!
Although okapi have the trademark zebra stripes, they’re actually more closely related to the giraffe. Due to hunting and logging, these gorgeous creatures are under threat. Thanks to a recent civil war, disease, famine, and conflict have brought their numbers dangerously low. Fortunately, with the formation of the OCP (Okapi Conservation Project), captive breeding programs and conservation projects have been set in motion and okapi are making a comeback.
On that optimistic note, thank you so much for reading this post! If you’d like to see more interesting content, subscribe to receive an email every time I post. Comment below if you have any suggestions on what animals I should write about next week!