Why is it important to conserve wildlife?
Many believe that the issue of conservation of wildlife is overrated, but this is largely because of ignorance on the subject. The fact of the matter is, wildlife conservation is incredibly important. However, it’s often overlooked because of other issues that are considered far more pressing.
Sadly, many species face extinction due to this neglect, with the worst part being that the cause of such us largely because of human influence. For instance, ecosystems are damaged, habitats are destroyed, and whole environments are laid waste for the sake of supposed human progress – all of these done without anybody taking any responsibility.
If the conservation of wildlife fails, what are the possible effects?
Dependent Systems Become Disrupted
Humans have a huge dependence on certain wildlife for their food systems; not to mention the continued production of food resources. Case in point is the declining number of bees. What is its impact on us? Bees are the biggest contributors to plant pollination, and without them, plant food won’t be able to germinate and reproduce.
Now if these tiny creatures get completely wiped out, estimates reveal that the human race would probably follow within five years, maybe less, due to loss of vegetation and similar food sources. Unless we’re completely self-sustainable, which we obviously aren’t yet, we will need the help of these brave little soldiers to facilitate the continued production of our food.
Imbalance in the Food Chain
The destruction of one type of wildlife almost always affects the food chain, whether high up or down low. You see, when one link gets forcefully removed off the chain (like rapid extinction as a result of industrialization), higher animal species might end up starving since a reliable food source has become non-existent. Meanwhile, lower animal species may grow to become uncontrollable because they have no more natural predators.
So when one species gets wiped out, it’s highly likely that a connected species might get wiped out as well. And speaking of higher animal species, where do you think are we on the food chain?
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