Large Herbivores Like Eliphants, Rhino May Become Extinct
A latest study has found that herbivores, especially bigger ones weighing 100 kg or more, may become extinct in the coming years. The study concludes that the world may see at least sixty percent reduction in the number of herbivores in the coming decades, making many of them disappear from the face of the earth almost entirely.
The study claims that herbivores like rhino, elephants and gorillas may see their number shrink drastically. It is no secret that due to the loss of habitats, the number of such animals is on the decline for the last many decades. Many animals that were easily found in many areas are now extinct and are found no longer even in areas where they were expected to be secure.
Though this aspect is not limited to only herbivores and carnivores are also facing similar issues, nonetheless this study was limited to only plant eating animals weighing more than hundred kilograms.
It is needless to say that experts are excited about the findings of the study. The lead author of the study Prof William Ripple, of Oregon State University while talking about the findings says, â€œThis is the first time anyone has analysed all of these species as a wholeâ€¦The process of declining animals is causing an empty landscape in the forest, savannah, grasslands and desert.â€ The researchers analyzed herbivores weighing over 100kg, from the reindeer up to the African elephant.
Ripple claims that he and fellow scientists who were part of the study are hoping to raise awareness about the threats facing these species and to educate people about them. Other experts too are excited with the findings of the study. Prof David Macdonald, of Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit says, â€œThe big carnivores, like the charismatic big cats or wolves, face horrendous problems from direct persecution, over-hunting and habitat loss, but our new study adds another nail to their coffin – the empty larderâ€¦It’s no use having habitat if there’s nothing left to eat in it.â€