New PDF release: 100 Under 100: The Race to Save the World's Rarest Living

By Scott Leslie

ISBN-10: 1443404284

ISBN-13: 9781443404280

Scientists estimate that the entire biodiversity in the world is among 10 million and a hundred million species. of those, simply over 1.6 million and counting have really been catalogued and defined. One percentage, or 16,306, of these species are threatened with extinction, approximately one-fifth of them significantly. Of this workforce, a few have vanishingly small populations within the double or unmarried digits. a number of species, together with the Pinta Island immense tortoise and the Yangtze monstrous softshell turtle, take a seat squarely at the border of extinction within the wild with a inhabitants of one.

In 100 lower than 100, Scott Leslie tells the attention-grabbing tales of species in far-flung locations no one ever hears approximately, just like the northern hairy-nosed wombat, the Gorgan mountain salamander or the Irrawaddy river shark. toward domestic are the Vancouver Island marmot, the Wyoming toad and the Devil’s gap pupfish. Leslie additionally tells tales of hopeful growth, as a few of the rarest of the infrequent are again from the threshold of extinction in the course of the devoted efforts of individuals round the world.

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This handful of leopards shares the forest with about 10 Amur tigers (not to be confused with the South China tiger), the largest cat species on earth. Once as rare as the leopard, the recovery of this tiger subspecies is an example of successful conservation: its population has grown from fewer than 50 animals a few decades ago to about 500 today. It’s lucky for the leopards that so few of the bigger cats live this far south, since they compete with them for prey such as sika and roe deer. What’s worse, tigers have been known to eliminate their competition by eating them.

In 1933, Lowe was in what is now Ghana, West Africa, where he collected eight curious specimens of a type of red and black colobus monkey never before recorded. He was assisted on the expedition by one Miss F. Waldron, a fellow employee of the same museum. W. Hayman. ” Apparently, in the old days you could have a species named after you for just helping somebody shoot it! Western red colobus monkeys were once found in their millions across much of Africa. Overall, they are now considered the most threatened group of primates on the continent.

This is the realm of the rarest living things. They are all critically endangered. With such small numbers, from 1 to 99, it wouldn’t take much—a disease, a bad storm, a little poaching, or habitat destruction, say—for any of them to disappear completely. In fact, a few of these species may be already gone, having not been seen in years, sometimes decades. ” Besides their vanishingly small populations, almost all of these animals and plants have another thing in common: their survival is being championed by people (sometimes many, sometimes a few) who want to see them flourish once again.

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