The Conversation: Extinction – just how bad is it and why should we care?

The state of extinction, what we know about declining species, and why biodiversity is so important.

Lonesome George, the last Pinta Island Tortoise. Image:  putneymark [CC-BY-SA-2.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Lonesome George, the last Pinta Island Tortoise. Image: putneymark [CC-BY-SA-2.0] via Wikimedia Commons

“Dad, the world is missing amazing animals. I wish extinction wasn’t forever”.

Despite my wife and I working as biologists, our five-year-old son came to make this statement independently.

He is highlighting what I and many others consider to be society’s biggest challenge, and arguably failure: the continuing loss of species from Earth.

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