October 03, 2022
CM Content Team
India is a land of diversity, and its diversity is quite evident by the flora and fauna. With its rich biodiversity, India is home to numerous plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, and animals. However, with increased activities like illegal poaching, land acquisition, construction of new buildings, and deforestation, wildlife faces a significant threat of extinction.
According to a report released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature in 2022, about 15 birds, ten mammals, five reptiles, and five fish species have joined the critically endangered list of animals. With World Animal Day just around the corner, we will look at the endangered animals in India, the reasons why they are considered critically endangered, and what we can do to save these critically endangered species in India.
Animals can talk like humans do, but World Animal Day, celebrated on October 4th every year, is the day we give them to speak for themselves. This day brings all the ardent animal lovers globally together to celebrate the voiceless and beautiful creation of nature, animals.
As the name suggests, the day is for the preservation, protection, and welfare of the animals who have a massive impact on our lives and nature. It is a day to recognise the role of the animals in the ecosystem and give them a safe space to live and flourish.
The history of World Animal Day dates to 1925 when a German animal lover named Heinrich Zimmermann organised the first celebration for animals in Berlin. In 2003, a charity organisation based in the UK, Naturewatch Foundation, sponsored an event and organised ways for all animal lovers worldwide to participate and make their voices heard in support of animals.
The day is not just for domesticated animals but also for wild animals and endangered species threatened by environmental devastation that need immediate protection.
Many wild animals that once thrived in India have now become extinct. Some of the notable extinct species in India include:
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