Lost... Almost lost species. A COP26 Wake-up!
We face an existential crisis - nature is collapsing... but there is a glimmer of hope
Our Planet is poised on the edge of the sixth mass extinction. Just 3% of the worlds land mass has habitats that are fully in tact. We have lost nearly half of our animals in the last fifty years. And the planet keeps heating.
A recent study published in Frontiers in Forests and Global Change has revealed that only 2% - 3% of the Earth's terrestrial surface can be considered ecologically intact. This percentage is significantly lower than previous assessments, which estimated this figure at 20% - 40%. It seems that we have a problem!
As COP26 approaches it is important that Letts Safari draws attention to this and what can be done about it.
There are over nine-hundred native species in the UK which are currently classed as under threat with several hundreds more known to be in significant decline. The countryside is now bereft of many species which were a familiar sight a mere generation ago.
This threat is caused largely by human activities that continue to damage and destroy biodiversity across the globe. High extinction rates are typically associated with the most biodiverse regions such as the tropical rainforests, however, it is vital that we do not forget about the species that live closer to home.
Over the past 200 years, over 400 species have been lost from England alone. This incredible loss of biodiversity has been caused by a range of factors, such as habitat degradation and modification, the intensification of agriculture, urbanisation, industrialisation, pollution and poor land management. At Letts Safari we want to bring attention to this issue.
There are still many species in England that are edging closer and closer to extinction every year. These include species of ants, bees, beetles, birds, butterflies, caddisflies, cnidarians, dragonflies, earwigs, fish, fleas, flies, fungi, heteropteran, bugs, lichens, liverworts, mammals, mayflies, mosses, moths, sawflies, shrimps, snails, spiders, stoneflies, stoneworts, true bugs, vascular plants and wasps.
Letts Safari parks are are working to protect endangered mammals - including those on the red list. We provide habitats for rare birds, bats, butterflies and bees. Our herbivores are rare breeds. In one of our first safari parks 75% of the UK’s bat species have been monitored foraging, including the rarest.
Over the coming weeks and months we will highlight the endangered wildlife we support. Letts Safari parks are supposed to be a safe haven for wildlife. We have always believed that if we build wild, natural safari parks and gardens in the right way - they will come. And they do - in growing numbers.
Letts Safari is not just a digital, social platform for climate - but, through our network of safari parks, we also do something about climate change by removing carbon, providing habitats for wildlife and naturally growing tree and plant life. Join us.
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