Tag: extinction

The Eastern Gorilla

• Humans continue to wipe out closest relatives

Geoff Ebbs /20 September, 2016

The world’s largest primate is now critically endangered due to illegal hunting. The Eastern Gorilla is the latest victim of a phenomena known as extinction investment where the market for endangered animals spikes in anticipation of their disappearance, thereby accelerating the process. Ironically, efforts by national governments to protect an endangered species, serve to heighten Continue Reading →

Mass Extinctions

Elephant population collapses under weight of poaching

admin /13 September, 2016

Two thirds of Africa’s forest elephants have been wiped out by poaching in the last decade. An estimated 100,000 elephants have been killed by poachers in that period. The population of elephants has fallen from around 20 million animals to less than one third of a million. At current rates there will be no elephants Continue Reading →