NATIONAL THREATENED SPECIES DAY



National Threatened Species Day turns the spotlight on native plants, animals, and ecosystems that are under threat and reflect on how we can protect them now and into the future. The day also celebrates the amazing work that is being done to save them by passionate conservationists, researchers, volunteers, and community experts.


TASMANIAN TIGER

Threatened Species Day was declared in 1996 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the death of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger (Thylacine) named Benjamin at Hobart Zoo in 1936. Threatened Species Day is a time to reflect on what happened in the past and how similar fates could await other native plants and animals unless appropriate action is taken.

Australian and American scientists have embarked on a project to resurrect the extinct Tasmanian marsupial. They now plan to take stem cells from a living marsupial species with similar DNA and use gene editing technology to "revive" the extinct species - or create a very similar one. "I believe that in 10 years we could have the first live baby Tasmanian marsupial since it was hunted almost 100 years ago," said Andrew Pask, who leads the research at the University of Melbourne in Australia, according to the BBC.


By the way our name "VAKOVAKO" is a Marquesan word meaning striped. As striped as a Thylacine.



Established in 1964, the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species has become the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global extinction risk status of animal, fungus and plant species. Currently, there are more than 147,500 species on The IUCN Red List, with more than 41,000 species threatened with extinction, including 41% of amphibians, 38% of sharks and rays, 34% of conifers, 33% of reef building corals, 27% of mammals and 13% of birds.


Today most species become threatened because of habitat destruction and the invasion of non-native species. With effective management almost all threatened species can be protected.



10 OF THE WORLD’S MOST ENDANGERED ANIMALS IN 2022


1. Amur Leopard

2. Rhino

3. Orangutan

4. Gorilla

5. Saola

6. Vaquita

7. Sunda Tiger

8. Yangtze Finless Porpoise

9. Turtle

10. Elephant


by: earth.org



Sources: environment.nsw.gov.au, iucnredlist.org, worldwildlife.org



LET'S FIGHT TO SAVE THE MOST ENDANGERED

VAKOVAKO will soon fight to save the most endangered. 100 % of all donations given via our app to „MOST ENDANGERED '' area will be transferred to related NGOs. Let’s help them expand their activities together.