In the past decade alone ten species around our planet have gone extinct, including the Caribbean Monk Seal, the Madagascar Hippo, the Yangtze River Dolphin, the Formosan Clouded Leopard, the Japanese River Otter, and the West African Black Rhino, which at the start of the twentieth century numbered a million; now poached to extinction. In 2018, the last male Northern White Rhino, named Sudan, died, probably dooming that species as well, although there are valiant last-ditch efforts to bring them back using invitro fertilization. There are more Siberian tigers in captivity now than exist in the wild.
Once, millions of elephants roamed throughout Africa. Now the herds have declined to thousands, and they’re being driven ever closer to the bottomless extinction cliff.
I wrote the novel Killing Ground to raise awareness of ongoing African elephant poaching across that vast and troubled continent, where more than 600 million people have no electricity, much less electric toothbrushes, where clean drinking water is scarce, basic sanitation is rare, and health care is minimal. With so many dire problems, the fates of wild creatures tend to warrant only relatively low priority.
Please check out the story on my website: www.philbowie.com
And please spread the word. A portion of proceeds goes to help those noble beasts.
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