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animals

The Decrease in Animal Life

Lions:

  • Over the past 50 years Lions have decreased from 450,000 to as few as 20,000, that is 42% of Lions in the last 30 years.
  • Only 2 in every 10 Lions make it to maturity.

Elephants:

  • 100 African Elephants are killed in Africa daily by poachers seeking ivory, meat, and body parts.
  • Only 400,000 remain

Giraffes:

  • Giraffe numbers in Africa have plummeted by 40% in the last 30 years.
  • Giraffes are hunted by helicopters and are killed for their hides and meat.
  • Their tails are highly prized and desired for good-luck bracelets, fly whisks, and thread for sewing or stringing beads have led people to kill the giraffes for its tail alone.
  • They are now on the red list of endangered animals.

Cheetahs:

  • Only 7,100 Cheetahs are left in the world.
  • Cheetahs are left with only 9% of their natural habitat.
  • Cheetahs are hunted for their skin.

Leopards:

  • Around 12,000 to 14,000 leopards existing in the wild today, that's a 30% decline in the past 25 years.
  • Leopards are hunted for meat and skin.

Rhinos:

  • Rhino poaching is still at crisis levels, 1,028 rhinos were illegally killed in 2017.
  • Total population tops out to as few as 20,000.
  • Rhinos are hunted for their horns. Horns are highly prized on the black market, making more than the price of gold or cocaine. They are used by some cultures for ornaments or traditional medicine as well.

Zebras:

  • Primarily hunted for their striking skins, but will occasionally be killed for food and, in some regions, medicinal uses.
  • In addition to illegal hunting, Zebras also face threats from disease outbreaks, drought, habitat loss, and fragmented populations.
  • Overall, Zebras number at around 750,000. Historically, there were over 15,000 Grevy's zebras. However, there are only about 2,500 remaining today.

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