The conservation group of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has released a report indicating the ‘catastrophic decline’ in wildlife due to human destruction.
Published by BBC, the report 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% 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
The report further stated that the recent coronavirus pandemic has reminded world of how nature and humans are intertwined.
As per WWF, this loss of wildlife can be reversed if concerned authorities take urgent conservation action and change the way they live and sustain.