23 Jul Life Is Tough Animals Who Couldn’t Make It To Being Insta-Puppies
Insta-puppies and kittens across the world are having an amazing 2020! Their parents are spending more time working from home which means more cuddles, treats and selfies! However, 2020 has not been as fun and treat-filled for animals in the wild, at shelters, or in zoos, here’s why:
Animals in the wild: Most tourists struggle to check off “the Big 5” during an African safari because they can’t seem to get hold of the rhino. Well, that is because there are already fewer than 30,000 rhinos in the world and they are steadily decreasing during COVID-19. Imbalances created in the ecosystem due to a decline in tourism and conservation efforts have left animals in danger. As highlighted in the National geographic, the absence of safari tourists has led to an increase in poaching of the endangered black rhinos forcing government workers in Botswana to evacuate them to safety. More and more animals are being poached for their body parts. If you see a friend that is flashing a rhino horn or tiger skin- CALL THEM OUT– one way to save animals in the wild is to kill the demand for these products.
Animals in zoos: As SF Zoo aptly summarizes “You can’t furlough animals in the zoo”. Even though mostly outdoors, zoos have been forced to shut down which has created a large economic impact on the ability to feed thousands of animals daily. It is critical to ensure these organizations have adequate funds to run daily operations else your favorite “happy Panda” might not be so happy next time you visit . Additionally, zoo-keepers are noticing changes in behavior of social and intelligent animals such as gorillas and otters who are missing human interaction. We have forced these animals to get used to human interaction and the sudden withdrawal is creating behaviorial issues and risking safety of zoo-keepers.
Animals in shelters: A big shout out to staff and volunteers that have continued to manage in crisis mode and helped ensure animals are fed and exercised daily. However, their resources are drying up as new litters and abandoned animals arrive. This is forcing shelters to either care for animals in more need or euthanize animals for whom there is no space. Having to be put down because there just wasn’t room is not fair to our furry friends.
If you can adopt- please do so- there are virtual ways for you to meet your future pet. If you are unable to adopt- please donate to your local animal shelter to ensure we can save as many animals.
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