These are the animals that could go extinct in 2020

One of the tragedies that does not affect as living beings linked to a planet, and that less importance we give, is the extinction of animal and plant species. In 2020 biologists have confirmed the probable extinction of numerous species. We are going to discover some of them.

From a vital point of view, the extinction of a living being is a tragedy. The definitive disappearance of a unique and wonderful plant or animal, which perhaps had been living on Earth for hundreds, thousands of years. But it is also that many medicines and cures of diseases come from a gene or a substance that is found in animals or plants, and the extinction of species reduces the possible cure of present and future diseases.

We will see some of the extinct animals in 2018, and others that could become extinct in 2020. The most majestic may be the Northern White Rhinoceros. His last male, Sudan, died last spring. Only two females remain of the species, so that the extinction of this species is inevitable. In this video you can see Sudan, the last male white rhinoceros of the North, a few months before his death. He lived his last month’s protected by soldiers to prevent the poachers from annihilating him:

Another beautiful animal that officially went extinct in 2018 was the eastern Puma, also known as the eastern puma, mountain lion, or the most popular, the Phantom Cat.

The cougar subspecies of scientific name Puma concolor cougar has been removed from the list of animals in danger of extinction and declared officially extinct by the United States Wildlife and Fisheries Service in 2018.

He lived with man for two centuries in the forests of New England (United States). The last confirmed sighting took place in 1932.

Peligro de extinción

The giant Chinese salamander, a living fossil that has been on Earth for 250 million years, has reduced its population by 80% in the last 50 years. The places where he lives are drying up, which leaves them incommunicado when it comes to procreation.

Although not yet extinct, the Spix's macaw, the blue parrot on which the film Rio is based, no longer exists in the wild. There are only about a hundred specimens left, all of them in captivity. The experts have given them a survival rate as a species of only 0.1%.

Animal en peligro de extinción

There are at least five other species of birds that have not been seen in the wild for decades.

Something similar happens with the vaquita or cochito (Phocoena sinus), one of the six species of porpoises, and the smallest cetacean on the planet. Live in the Gulf of California. In 1997 there were 597 copies, but in 2017 only 30 were counted, and in 2018 there were only 12 little cow. "The total extinction could arrive in 2020," says biologist Sea McKeon. The fishermen have finished with all the fish they feed on.

The orangutan of Tapanuli, discovered in 2017, faces extinction by a dam that pretends to flood the forests where it lives. There are less than 800 copies.

We were just a couple of weeks of the New Year and could already count the first officially extinct animal in 2020. It is the Hawaiian land snail, Achatinella apexfulva.

Animal en peligro de extinción

The last remaining one, George, who has lived in captivity for 14 years, died on January 1.

Every animal or plant that is extinguished, in most cases by human action, impoverishes us as an intelligent and civilized species, and even puts our future at risk. How long will it take us to realize?