Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Save the Species

A few days back, I read an article online about how fast we are losing our  wildlife species. The statistics mentioned at the site shows the rapid pace at which our precious animals are becoming extinct. The figures were alarming. The recent report says that there are over 20,000 species  that are near to extinction. If this  trend continues, the day is not far when   we will lose the wild life. Man today has become  self centered but he does not realize that while not taking adequate care of our wild life , he is indirectly harming himself. If  we do not take a proper action at the right time, soon we will left with a barren land. A land where there will be no flora and fauna.
Although we are progressing and our economy is growing  with increase in capital and finance but have we bothered about our wild life conservation?  Where are we heading?
Do we really need this kind of progress  where one day , there will be no  forest and wild life?  
Definitely not! Even the richest person or a developer doesn’t find peace in  a concrete jungle made of bricks and cement. For a break from his monotonous life, he also looks for a change in a place where nature still abounds like a hill station or a national park.  
The rapid loss of species we are seeing today is estimated by experts to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate.  The vast number  of species are disappearing and the biggest reason behind their extinction is  human activity.
A list has been prepared  after an extensive research on the rapidly disappearing wildlife  o  species in India. The list includes the names of large number of species which are in danger. Amongst them, some of the species like Black Buck, Bengal Tiger and Indian Peacock are diminishing drastically. 
  • Black Buck popularly known as Antilope cervicapra is the sole  representative of genus antilope found in India. Unfortunately, their rate of extinction has increased to 21% and soon these graceful animals will  vanished from the Earth. These species are the beauty of our Country.  Their capability to run at speeds of 70kmph make them the fastest surviving species on the subcontinent and protects them from most predators alive today.They require space and open ground for rearing the young ones and most of the open areas have been used for construction. Fencing of available natural, open areas and creation of concrete parking spaces in many small open areas which used to be blackbuck habitat and  food sources are the major cause of fall in the number of Black Buck.
Blackbuck,Velavadar National Park,Gujarat
  • Bengal Tiger  also known as Indian Tiger. There has been a huge crisis of the Bengal tigers for last 10 decades. Over the last 100 years, hunting/ poaching  and forest destruction have reduced tiger populations from hundreds of thousands of animals to a minuscule number compared to their earlier population. They are primarily found in parts of India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar. These tigers are the great attraction to the tourists. Thousands of tourists come to India, just to have a glimpse of these tigers. However, there are only a handful of tigers left. The fall in the statistics of these tigers are due to deforestation , global warming and poaching.
Bengal Tiger,Ranthambhore National Park,Rajasthan
  •  Indian Peacock is also facing a huge problem of extinction. Gone are the days when we would hear the sound of peacock, especially when it rains. Now  a days, it is a rarity to see a peacock.  They are known as the most graceful and splendid birds of India.  These birds have inspired many poets and artists. Many scripts and poetry have      been written based on these beautiful words.Unabated killing of peacocks is gradually pushing the national bird to the brink of extinction. Lack of stringent measures to put a check on their poaching is making the situation worse.Wildlife activists and environmentalists attribute this mass killing of peacock for its meat and attractive feathers. 
Indian Peacock,Ranthambhore National Park,Rajasthan

India is bestowed with plenty of natural beauties. Regrettably, we have not learnt how to preserve and nourish these beauties. The fall in the numbers of the above species is growing day by day. Now a days, the only place, we see these species are in the zoo and that too in a very unpleasant condition. There is lack of medication, food and clean water available for them. These species only deserve to stay in their natural habitat. The bio sphere is such that each species depends on the other for its survival. Consequently the extinction of one species affects the survival of the other species as well. The rapid disappearance of the wild life species is bound to have an impact on the human existence itself sooner than later.   Living things are dependent upon their physical environment - the land, water and air. Plants and vegetation form the basic life support providers on earth - Oxygen- and help to recycle water into the water cycle. They also provide food and home for animals, insects and birds pollinate flowers, animals help in dispersal of seeds of plants, and parasites infest plants or animals. It is high time that we should maintain their natural habitat  by constructing less and planting  more.
Here is the poem which I have written a long time back. I hope it would help in waking people up and do something for our wild life. 


Oh! This enchanting Nature which freshens one’s heart &  soul;
With its purity and nimbleness for us to behold. 
Nature is God &;  God is Nature;
Rich or poor, everyone enjoys its splendor  
Dawn to Dusk every moment is pure;
Watching Nature moment by moment one love it for sure 
The Sun, the Stars, the Hills &  the Sea;
With beautiful life forms on ground, water  & trees 
One can relax on the seashore forgetting all woes;
Lost in the sound of waves wetting our toes 
The Sun supports life making itself burn;
At dusk it sets turning the horizon saffron  
The night invites the stars &  moon in the darkness of the sky;
In the morning they disappear by bidding goodbye 
The majestic mountains stand silent with their snow covered peaks;
We gaze at them with awe as the pines on the slope creaks. 
I turn back with a heavy heart for soon all this will disappear;

For humans wrapped in self indulgence, selfishness fails to overcome their parochial behavior.
 ” I am participating in the Save the Species contest for the book “Capturing Wildlife Moments in India” in association with Saevus Wildlife India,  read the reviews for the book ‘Capturing Wildlife Moments in India’ here “

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