In here you will discover the eye-opening facts about the sad reality of the wildlife, then 5 facts about the change that WWF is working on and finish off with fun facts. We hope it will encourage more people to make a change and save our planet.
1. The most important fact to know is this one: Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970 report from WWF says. We must act now to change this situation. source
2. Plastics... At least 8 million tons of plastics enter the oceans each year. Do you know how bad this is? That's similar to emptying a garbage truck of plastics into the ocean every minute! How is the underwater world supposed to live with all of this? source
3. You love turtles? I am sure you do! Did you know that more than 50% of sea turtles have consumed plastics. source
4. Every single year, there are over one1 million seabirds that are killed by ocean pollution. source
5. About 300'000 dolphins and porpoises are killed by ocean pollution each year. source
6. According to MacArthur Foundation by the year 2050, there will be more plastics in the ocean than fish by weight! Unless the industry cleans up its act. source
7. Here is a good example of animal abuse: a dolphin in the 1960s television show Flipper, killed herself by refusing to breathe. The dolphin was named Kathy, she was really depressed said the dolphin trainer Richard O'Barry. source
Let's get back on land!
8. A fact that comes from the Animal rights groups has estimated that poachers in Africa kill between 25'000 to 35'000 elephants per year. This is equivalent to 104 per day killed. There are only 465'000 elephants left in the wild in Africa and Asia. source
9. Over 115 million animal including mice, rats, dogs, cats, rabbits, monkeys, birds and more, are killed in laboratory experiments worldwide for chemical, drug, food, and cosmetics testing every year. source
10. The sad truth about poaching: Many farms are removing their rhinos horns as a safety precaution. While this does help a bit, the chunk of horn left in the rhinos head is still valuable and poachers will kill the rhino even for this small amount. source
Let's jump in five amazing facts of the WWF efforts
11. The World Wildlife Fund focuses on saving certain species that help sustain other species. They protect wildlife such as pandas, whales, rhinos, marine turtles, primates, polar bears, and big cats. source
12. For nearly 60 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature, they work in 100 countries and is supported by more than one million members in the United States and close to five million globally. source
13. 84% of WWF's spending is directed to worldwide conservation activities. 11% for fundraising and finally 5% for administration. source
14. Their mission since 1961 is to find solutions that save the marvelous array of life on our planet by applying the best science available and working closely with local communities. source
15. Discover Wildlife Project donates 15% of profits to save wildlife.
Here are some fun facts coming from Buzzfeed writer Sam Stryker:
16. The snow leopard can leap up to 15 feet in one jump.
17. Goats and sheep have rectangular pupils which allow them to see nearly 360 degrees around themselves.
18. Elephants can smell water from several miles away.
19. No two tigers have the exact same stripes.
20. Here is the last one: Arabian camels rarely sweat, but are capable of drinking up to 30 gallons of water in less than 15 minutes.
Sources of these fun facts: Buzzfeed
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