Standing on the Brink of Disaster

There is no longer any doubt that the natural world is suffering at the hands of humanity. Whether due to climate change, overfishing, pollution, or habitat loss, mankind is forcing animals to survive on an ever-decreasing share of this planet’s natural resources.

Just how much damage we have caused is difficult to quantify, but a recent study of the most conservative extinction rates revealed that 477 species of vertebrates have gone extinct during the past century compared to the natural rate of just nine. This finding comes shortly after a special analysis published in the scientific journal Nature indicated that a shocking 41% of amphibians, 26% of mammals,13% of birds and 22% of flowering plants are on the brink of being lost forever. Unless we take drastic measures soon, Earth will almost certainly enter its sixth mass extinction and humanity will have been responsible.

Warnings like this are now so common it often feels like emotional self-preservation to look away, as there seems to be nothing we can do to stop one inevitable tragedy after the other from unfolding. But thankfully there are people who don’t look away, who try to change things for the better and alleviate the suffering mankind is inflicting on its fellow creatures. People who give us the opportunity to do something after all.


The Orangutan Appeal UK is a registered charity dedicated to the rehabilitation and preservation of orangutans and the conservation of their habitat. The Appeal strives to protect remaining wild populations of orangutans by providing support and funding for projects across Malaysian and Indonesian Borneo; and by raising awareness of the plight of this great ape across the globe.

Elephant Eating, Imfolozi

Africa’s elephants are in critical danger – more than 100,000 were killed by poachers in just 3 years (2011 to 2013). Space for Giants is an international conservation charity working on the ground every day to keep elephants safe, and to secure the spaces they depend on and the species that share their range.

Neglected HorseNinovan aims to become the first organization in the Azores Islands to help neglected, mistreated or abandoned large animals. An unfortunate, yet common sight on Faial are malnourished horses and donkeys tied on a short rope along the side of the road. They stand on the same spot for several days with approximately 5-8 metres of rope to move in a circle, usually without water, and they have no shelter to protect them from the hot sun or heavy storms.

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