Environment

Large Herbivores Like Eliphants, Rhino May Become Extinct

Large Herbivores Like Eliphants, Rhino May Become Extinct

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.

elephants asianIt 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, “This is the first time anyone has analysed all of these species as a whole…The process of declining animals is causing an empty landscape in the forest, savannah, grasslands and desert.” 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, “The 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 larder…It’s no use having habitat if there’s nothing left to eat in it.”

More in Environment

  • CSIR conducts research on benefits of medicines made from cow urine in chronic diseases

    CSIR conducts research on benefits of medicines made from cow urine in chronic diseases New Delhi: Council...

  • Union Minister says organic farming integrated with bio diversity

    Union Minister says organic farming integrated with bio diversity  New Delhi: Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Radha Mohan Singh has said that there are unlimited potentialities of agriculture in North Eastern states, therefore, Central Government is focusing exclusively on the development of agricultural sector in north eastern states. The Minister said...

  • Indian Govt. approves MoU between India and European Union on water cooperation

    Indian Govt. approves MoU between India and European Union on water cooperation New Delhi: The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for the signing of MoU between India and European Union in the field of water resources. The MoU envisages strengthening the technological,...

  • Threat of Flood in Godavari and Krishna Basins Real

    Forecast for Flood in Godavari and Krishna Basins In view of heavy to very heavy rainfall with isolated extremely heavy rainfall at a few places in Telangana, Madhya Maharashtra Vidarbha Marathwada and North Interior Karnataka with Armoor in Nizamabad district of Telangana reporting 40 cm rainfall and many stations reporting more than...

  • ISRO Enumerates Benefits from Launching of Foreign Satellite

    ISRO Enumerates Benefits from Launching of Foreign Satellite New Delhi: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched 20 satellites in a single launch mission onboard Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle ‘PSLV-C34’ on June 22, 2016 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. In this mission, 17 foreign satellites (total weighing 555 kg) from...

  • Regulatory Clearance to Light Water Reactors: Latest Update

    Regulatory Clearance to Light Water Reactors: Latest Update New Delhi: Unit 2 of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (1000 MW) Light Water Reactor (LWR) with technical cooperation with Russia attained first criticality at 20:56 hours on July 10, 2016. The Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) being constructed by Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Limited...

  • Books ‘Animals in the Holy Quran’ and ‘Dictionary of Flora and Fauna of Quran’ launched

    Books ‘Animals in the Holy Quran’ and ‘Dictionary of Flora and Fauna of Quran’ launched ALIGARH: “Eat and drink, but waste not by excess, for Allah loveth not the wasters”, reminded Dr. Mohd. Iqtedar Husain Farooqi, while highlighting the Quranic injunctions regarding the flora and fauna, and animals at a book release...

  • 13 AMU Geology students qualify Assistant Geologist exam of UPSC

    13 AMU Geology students qualify Assistant Geologist exam of UPSC Aligarh: At least 13 students of Department of Geology, Aligarh Muslim University have qualified the Assistant Geologist examination conducted by UPSC. Professor Liaqat Ali Khan Rao, Chairperson, Department of Geology informed that Meradul Islam, Md Khatib Khan, Khush Navi, Abdul Samad Siddiqui,...