Final plea as 100 species teeter on the brink of extinction

METRO.CO.UK

If nature’s wonders and in danger of being lost to us all.

From the hunted 150 Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys to the 100 remaining pairs of spoon-billed sandpipers, they are the rarest creatures on Earth.

‘All the species listed are unique and irreplaceable,’ said Ellen Butcher of the Zoological Society of London.

‘If they vanish, no amount of money can bring them back. However, if we take immediate action we can give them a fighting chance for survival. But this requires society to support the moral and ethical position that all species have an inherent right to exist.’

Among the creatures on the list is the Hainan gibbon, which is clinging on to survival with just 20 animals left as its habitat is destroyed by illegal deforestation in China.

 

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