By Crystal Zhao
For years, the panda has been a symbol of mass habitat destruction. The image of a dirty polar bear adrift on a piece of ice is to global warming as a panda sanctuary is to deforestation. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) even features a panda on its well-known logo. Due to a concerted world-wide effort in the last century to save the iconic animal, the panda is now considered a vulnerable species – one step above endangered. This news has both conservationists and regular people celebrating, but there are still many more animals that need our help. Here is a chart that highlights a few recent population shifts.
|Mountain Gorilla||Critically endangered||Endangered||Relocation to unsuitable climates (colder, higher altitudes) due to human encroachment and poaching|
|Bornean Orangutan||Critically endangered||Endangered||Habitat destruction by means of logging|
|Plains Zebra||Threatened||Near Threatened||Illegal hunting|
|Yellow-Backed Duiker||Near Threatened||Least Concern||Illegal hunting and habitat loss|
|Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey||Endangered||Vulnerable||Habitat and diet restrictions|
While we may seem far removed from the habitats of many of these animals, it is many of our collective actions as a species that are hurting them. Remember to stay green, for this little guy!
Featured image: http://artfcity.com/2014/10/13/gif-of-the-day-11-adorable-panda-gifs/
Golden snub nosed monkey: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/02/snub-nosed-monkeys/holland-text.html