Highlighting British Columbia’s Endangered Animals on World Wildlife Day

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More than 8,400 species of wild animals and plants are critical dangerwhile nearly 30,000 others are at risk or vulnerable.

Based on these estimates from the International Union for Conservation of Nature, he suggests that more than one million species are threatened with extinction worldwide.

The continued loss of species, habitats and ecosystems threatens all life on earth, so it is important to steer the discussion towards implementing solutions to conserve our wildlife.

In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed the march. 3 like United Nations World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s endangered wild animals and plants.

World Wildlife Day 2022 focuses on recovering key species for ecosystem restoration to reverse the fate of critically endangered species.

In British Columbia alone, there are 782 plants and animals who sit on red list that is, any species or ecosystem that is at risk of becoming extinct (extinct, endangered or threatened).

“Wildlife rehabilitation contributes every day to the conservation and protection of these and other wild animals,” said the BC SPCA.

“Wild ARC is the only wildlife rehabilitation center of its kind on southern Vancouver Island and we are here to help our local wildlife when they run into trouble.”

Here are just a few of the hundreds of species listed as endangered in British Columbia.

</who>Photo credit: Jessica Boquist |  The Violet Swallow is freed after being cured at the Wild ARC.

The Purple Swallow is the largest swallow in North America.

They are known for their unique color, agility and speed – exceeding 40 miles per hour.

Due to habitat loss, development, and competition, the Western Purple Swallow population in British Columbia had fallen to just 10 breeding pairs by the 1980s.

Although the population has gradually increased over the years to about 1,200 pairs, they are not off the hook yet.

</who>Photo credit: BCWF |  Black-crowned night heron

Also high on the list is the Black-crowned Night Heron, one of the world’s most widespread herons currently on the brink of extinction.

A nocturnal migrant, the Black-crowned Night Heron occasionally winters in the Fraser River delta and depends on critical wetlands and riparian habitat in British Columbia.

This critically endangered species conservation status can be attributed to habitat loss and the long-standing effects of DDT and other harmful pesticides.

</who>Photo credit: John Deal |  British Columbia SPCAAnother fuzzy friend found only in a few small pockets along the coast is the Vancouver Island marmot. It is one of the few mammals to be present in Canada and nowhere else.

Although resilient, these marmots are critically endangered – with fewer than 30 in the wild as of 2004. Their decline remains a mystery, but is suggested to be due to a change in predator-prey dynamics due continuous changes in the landscape.

Through extensive recovery and conservation efforts, their population has grown to over 200 individuals in 2019.

Other notable animals on the list in British Columbia are the little brown bat, caribou, and spotted owl.

There are many organizations across the province that focus on supporting the conservation of these critically endangered animals.

Learn more about BC Wildlife Federation, BC SPCA Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Nature Trust BC and the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.

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