What is Extinction?

Extinction is simply the process of a species or group of animals no longer existing. If an animal is becoming extinct, it is referred to as “endangered.” There are professionals whose job is to protect these animals and preserve the wildlife that has limited numbers.  Their goal is to hopefully repopulate them and save them from extinction. 

So Why Do Animals Become Extinct?

The way we behave as humans has a major effect on wildlife populations. For example, people who don’t consider the consequences of their actions ruin the places some animals consider to be their homes.

The formal name for the place a particular animal lives is “habitat.” Some behaviors that harm habitats are agriculture expansion, water exploitation, waste and sewage, and mining.

Some animals dangerously close to extinction (endangered) include the black rhino (around 5,600 left), African wild dog (around 1,400), amur leopard (around 84 left), and the Sunda tiger (less than 400 left).

One Story of Extinction

Many animals have gone extinct due to a loss of habitat.  Some examples include the Formosan Clouded Leopard, Spix’s Macaw, the Cryptic Treehunter, and the Mount Glorious Torrent Frog. The Formosan Clouded Leopard, a native animal only in Taiwan, went extinct in 2013. The Clouded Leopard was dependant upon the lowland forests in Taiwan for food, which it lost to development. This forced the animal to look elsewhere for food outside of its habitat. Unfortunately, this did not sustain them and they died out.

What is H.I.P.P.O?

H.I.P.P.O. (habitat, invasive species, pollution, population, overharvesting) is an acronym to provide some insight as to how animals begin to slip into extinction.

The “I” in H.I.P.P.O. stands for “invasive species.”

An invasive species is an animal, plant, disease, or insect that relocates to a new area.  Then it disrupts other living things that already inhabit that area. One example is the Burmese python that has invaded Florida.  These reptiles have had a major impact on the Florida ecosystem. This is because they compete with the wildlife that is native. Basically, the pythons set up their homes in areas where native animals go to scavenge for food. Furthermore, the pythons not only disrupt the food sources of native animals, but they are also eating the native animals at alarming rates! The extreme decline of mammals in the Everglades National Park in South Florida has been found to have a connection with these pythons.

Aquaponics minimizes our environmental footprint by allowing us to use up to 90% less water when growing crops. Furthermore, it enables us to grow vegetables and fish that are all-natural. Additionally, aquaponics preserves fish species by producing healthy fish that do not contain mercury or radiation. In this system, food can grow in a very small space. So, aquaponics helps limit extinction by reducing agricultural expansion into essential habits. One final benefit is that natural water ecosystems are no longer endangered by overfishing or the damaging use of nets.

Despite the price of upkeep that comes from the high energy costs associated with the constantly running LED lights (especially in larger systems). Aquaponics undoubtedly helps to lessen our environmental footprint and save our environment.

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