The double whammy of poaching (illegal hunting) and habitat loss has led to a dramatic decline in populations of both African and Asian elephants in recent decades. In 1930, there were between five and 10 million wild African elephants, plying the entire African continent in large bands. Just 60 years later, when they were added to the international list of critically endangered species, only about 600,000 were scattered across a few African countries. Today that number is likely less than 500,000.
While Asian elephants were never as numerous as their African counterparts, their population numbers have also dropped precipitously, from an estimated 200,000 a century ago to less than 40,000 today.
The lion is synonymous with wild Africa. Yet few realize the species has undergone catastrophic declines, from as many as 200,000 wild lions in Africa a century ago to about 20,000 today. King of the Jungle. I am just going to stop right here.
In 2016, an estimate of a global wild tiger population of approximately 3,890 individuals was presented during the Third Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation. The WWF subsequently declared that the world’s count of wild tigers had risen for the first time in a century.
In the early 1900s, there were around 100,000 tigers throughout their range. Today, an estimated total of around 3,000-4,500 exist in the wild. Below is a breakdown of tiger numbers by subspecies.
Bengal tiger: Less than 2,000
Indochinese tiger: 750-1,300
Siberian tiger: Around 450
Sumatran tiger: 400-500
Malayan tiger: 600-800
South Chinese tiger: Extinct in the wild
Caspian tiger: Extinct
Javan tiger: Extinct
Bali tiger: Extinct
Tigers approximately 3,890 individuals
As it stands now, though, the world’s population is over 7.3 billion. According to United Nations predictions it could reach 9.7 billion people by 2050, and over 11 billion by 2100.
The Squirrel is king of both the forest and urban jungle,and has transitioned seemelessly from one to the other by climbing telephone poles, and wires instead of trees tops, surviving winters, finding food, raising their young and thriving by avoiding all enemies: cats, dogs, racoons, and the most vile of all species, human beings.There are less Squirrel Road-Kill, then dog, cat, armadillow ect. They do not get stuck in trees like cats, and I have seen squirrels fall 30 ft, land on their feet, when by accounts they should be dead, and scurry away at the speed of light.
The squirrel family includes tree squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots, flying squirrels, and prairie dogs amongst other rodents.
Family: Sciuridae; Fischer de Waldheim, 1817
Did you know: It takes about three weeks before a baby squirrel will even open its eyes. cottagelife.com
1.12 billion squirrels