*Disclamer about the data used: I have collected the data for this post from different sources online, some discrepancies are possible but the message and the story of this data remains.
Today is Earth Day and while I try to focus on positive data I know we are facing challenges related to climate change, wildlife population, plastic usage, etc. I worked with data to show the human impact over other species we share this planet with. Some years ago I watched an interview with two people, a husband and wife, who live in the wilderness of Botswana and have dedicated their life to saving the wild animals. In this interview I was surprised to learn that we are loosing African elephants at the rate of five per hour due to poaching and illigal ivory trade.
African elephants are now classified as endangered species. And for good reason. For the last 100 years we have lost around 90% of the elephant population. Sadly, there are other animlas whose population numbers have significantly decline since the beginning of the 20th century.
African Elephants Data
100 years ago we had over 5 million elephants living on Earth. Today we have 90% less, less than 500,000 elephants currently live on Earth. The biggest reason for elephant population decline is poaching and ivory trade.
Other Wild Animals
Since the beginning of the 20th century there are several other animal species whose population declined with over 90%. These include lions, tigers, rhinos.
I spent a lot of time researching endangered animals and am surprised that there isn’t a free online data resource to report on how many species we have today vs 100 years ago.
Here are some resources and organization that work towards wold life conservation: