The Endangered Mammals List is Still Growing

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

West African Dolphin


Planning and tracking are the words of the day. Truth be told, the brave men and women especially the ones rocking the camera skills, in order not to miss one beat. Things often seen can somehow be identified as a more significant occurrence seasonal event that easily goes missed. Often, there will be all the evidence right there in front of us. It beckons to us. In an ambitious posture almost like that of an anxious perfectionist, the most crucial aspects to life can far too easily elude us. There are many endangered species that are well known all around the globe. Not many have heard of the Snow Leopard, for example. This is quite possibly one of the most beautifully moving beings in the wild. Currently, there are believed to be somewhere between five and seven thousand cats still living in their long-pranced domain, the mountains Central Asia.

African West Coast Dolphins (Ryan Reisighner)

Another big name on the on the top noticed list is the Hollywood cameo picks is guaranteed to book any gig spot. They might as well be a climate adapted version of the horror movie “Cujo”. When it comes to wild animals you don’t want to find yourself in a stare-off with. “Stand Your Ground!” This might be more easily said than done. Ranking number 8 on the world’s “Top 10 Deadliest Animals” list is the Polar Bear, the single most massive man-eating creature that walks the earth. Usually, they attack under means of feeling that there is an existing threat to their cubs. With incredible amounts of strength and agility, they can severe a human’s head as easily as a guillotine with one swipe of the claw.

While most are commonly referred to in talks and on programs concerning endangered mammals, the West African dolphin is not one you will likely hear mentioned, in passing. On December 22, 2017, this ocean dweller was added to the list of Africa’s rarest mammals. Usually growing up to a length of around 8 feet, these dolphins get their name because they are only found along the coastal regions of West Africa. Unlike some of the friendlier and quite sociable species of dolphin, the West African Dolphin is famously shy. Therefore, rarely does it ever swim far away from the shore. This natural behavior happens to be what is putting them in the constant danger that plaques their survival today. Fishing nets, boats passing by and other close encounters with human activity are taken these guys by storm. The Wildlife Conservation Society handles all things concerning the list and upgraded the West African Dolphin from “vulnerable” to “critically endangered.” After assessing numbers globally, it turns out that there are few than 1500 breeding adults distributed among several different populations. Part of the Atlantic humpback family, it’s cousins are many.

Unfortunately, this species is headed down a road to destruction. Randall Reeves is the Chairman off the IUCN. He stated, “Particularly 9 in view of the impending extinction of the vaquita due entirely to overkill in fishing nets, we need to do a better job of not just assessing the present condition of riverine and coastal small cetaceans, but also of looking ahead and anticipating what is likely to happen to species like the Atlantic humpback dolphin unless current trends are reversed, and soon.” Hopefully, his words have been heard and will be met with equal veracity.


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