Siberian Tiger Français : Tigre de sibérie Ita...

Despite all evidence to the contrary, I continue to hope that we will come to our senses and save our wild creatures. That being said, I have serious doubts that anything larger than a squirrel will survive in the wild.

I believe that all Earth’s large animals are doomed in their native habitats. Some  will be gone soon. We will see the last of them in our lifetime.  The remaining species will succumb eventually. Tigers, wolves, lions, jaguars — all the big cats — as well as other large land animals, like elephants, rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses, apes and most monkeys and many more will no longer have a home on this planet.

There will be no wild places.

Humans will, for a while, maintain controlled populations of various species in zoos and special habitats, as if that could make up for their disappearance. As if warehousing is the same as having a wild kingdom. We’ll see the end of tigers and elephants in less than a decade. It’s possible the rhinoceroses are already gone. If wolves are removed from endangered species status, they will be hunted to extinction in no time flat.


Want to know why? Really? It isn’t the long complicated explanation you will get from environmentalists or public talking heads. Let’s skip past statistical analyses and the convoluted nonsense spouted by government officials and corporate stooges.

It’s simpler than that.

The animals will disappear because they are in our way. Animals don’t fit with human civilization. They are untidy. They eat cattle, goats, chickens, sheep. They trample fields, demolish gardens. They take up space that could be more profitably used for shopping malls and suburban subdivisions. They are more valuable dead than alive — and ever so much fun to kill.

Predators and large animals are inconvenient.

When humans finds something — anything — inconvenient, we eliminate it. Kill it. Demolish it. Whether it’s a species, a river, or a mountain. If it’s in our way, we make it disappear.

There’s a moral to the story. We should all take care because we can be eliminated too. If we don’t watch our step, we will eliminate ourselves.

Lions and tigers and bears? Bye bye.

P.S. If you think I’m exaggerating, please check out the Durell Wildlife Foundation, which is one of many organizations desperately trying to save what is left of our wild creatures. Durrell is my favorite, probably because Gerald Durrell who founded it was the writer whose work first got me interested in wildlife and saving it.


  1. Sue Vincent January 4, 2017 / 1:51 am

    Sadly, I have to agree, Marilyn…and many people, even good people, turn away when asked to do more than throw money at the problem.

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    • Marilyn Armstrong January 4, 2017 / 1:51 pm

      Everyone wants to preserve the wild things … BUT not in their yard. I hear people all the time complaining that the deer eat their plants, the skunks dig up the bulbs. The hawks kill things then eat them in the driveway (I admit to telling the hawks to please take their leftovers with them … and so far, they have done just that). I’ve had to give up my teepee because our bobcat took up residence in it (along with a fair number of mice and other small rodents). We’ve spent afternoons NOT in our backyard because a big fisher decided he liked that nice sunny spot on the lawn and was info sharing. I’d rather have creatures than tidy flower beds, but apparently I am not in the majority. We have a lot of animals living in our woods, but I wonder what will become of them when we are gone and some more upscale residents decide they need nicer lawns and gardens and someone’s kid was startled by a bobcat or something. It’s so fragile.


      • Sue Vincent January 4, 2017 / 1:59 pm

        I know. We lost all our large predators here long ago. Even the kites, that were almost extinct through culling before their reintroduction not too long ago, are already being vilified for reasons that are not even accurate. I’d rather share the planet with a diverse family of animals than watch it wither and die from a neat and shiny bubble.

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  2. angloswiss January 4, 2017 / 2:20 am

    Can only agree.It must be terrible for a wild animal to be couped up in a zoo. We put people behind bars, is they are criminals. The animals are not criminals, they are just living their lives.

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    • Marilyn Armstrong January 4, 2017 / 2:29 am

      We’ve taken away their lands … and now it’s jail or death. Which is really awful and so sad.

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      • Garry Armstrong January 4, 2017 / 12:49 pm

        It’s a sad, sad story. When will we ever learn?


  3. Su Leslie January 4, 2017 / 3:11 am

    I wish, oh how I wish I could find something in your post I disagree with. I can’t and I feel helpless and ashamed to be human.

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    • Marilyn Armstrong January 4, 2017 / 1:52 pm

      I don’t think people realize that our continued inroads into the natural world are the single thing destroying our wild animals. Hunting is problem, but housing and farming is the biggest killer. Roads. Paving. Loss of habitat.

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      • Su Leslie January 4, 2017 / 2:09 pm

        We see that here, living on what used to be the edge of a city. As housing developments are swallowing up land that was once bush, wildlife just has nowhere to go.


        • Marilyn Armstrong January 4, 2017 / 8:37 pm

          Sometimes, they try to adapt. A few manage to actually adapt — raccoons are a good example. But the bigger animals just can’t. We won’t let them. We shoot them, poison them, or run them down with our cars. We leave them no room to BE. It makes me very sad.

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  4. loisajay January 4, 2017 / 7:27 am

    This is so sad. Yes, the humans will try to maintain population control, won’t we….


    • Marilyn Armstrong January 4, 2017 / 1:53 pm

      We see open space and feel we need to fill it up with our stuff. Some animals manage to survive in human suburbs … but most don’t.


  5. queenofdanile January 4, 2017 / 8:46 am

    Perhaps, MrsA, perhaps. In the short run, I agree with the analysis. On the other hand, the way “humans” have commenced posturing to the nth degree again, we might very well turn on ourselves and Mother Earth with more vigor. Are we reaching a tipping point? Only time will tell.


    • Marilyn Armstrong January 4, 2017 / 1:54 pm

      Although I would rather live — survival instinct is a strong one in all creatures — it would serve us right if we managed to destroy our OWN habitat.


      • queenofdanile January 4, 2017 / 3:33 pm

        Agreed. It disgusts me that we work so hard toward destruction at times. And killing off anything around us for our own comfort, whether it be lion, tiger, bear, etc, DOES destroy our habitat as we know it. For Pete’s Sake, look how we treat other humans… first thing that comes to mind is Native American. You can likely fill in the list from there. 😉


  6. swo8 January 4, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    Just look at that Tiger’s face, the patterning of his fur – he’s so beautiful.


    • Marilyn Armstrong January 4, 2017 / 1:56 pm

      The big cats are incredibly beautiful, but many of the smaller creatures have their own beauty too. We are ruining the habitats of all creatures, great AND small. There’s serious doubt if the elephants and rhinos will be around in the wild in less than 10 years. Ditto ALL the big cats. Polar bears, grizzlies, wolves … all very pressed. And if they remove the prohibitions on hunting them? Gone in a flash.

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      • swo8 January 4, 2017 / 3:02 pm

        They don’t stand a chance if they get hunted. I hope we wise up before it’s too late.


  7. Aoibha Walsh April 5, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    I don’t know why people kill animals for sport anymore. I would love to tell a hunter to look at it from an animals perspective. I’d never like to be shot for sport and I suppose they wouldn’t either. On the other hand, we are destroying more and more of their habitats each and everyday. Your right about the animals smaller than squirrels conclusion. I’m with you there. Let’s hope that nothing goes extinct soon.


    • Marilyn Armstrong April 5, 2017 / 3:28 pm

      I keep hoping we’ll break free of our stupor and do the right thing with our world and its creatures. I am not optimistic. We are not leaving room for big animals to survive. But maybe something will happen. We live in hope.

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      • Aoibha Walsh April 5, 2017 / 3:30 pm

        Very well worded. Couldn’t have ever said it better!


        • Marilyn Armstrong April 5, 2017 / 3:34 pm

          it makes me very sad. Up here in New England, we still have moose and bear and some pretty big deer as well as coyote. But I wonder … for how long?

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          • Aoibha Walsh April 5, 2017 / 3:36 pm

            Exactly. In Ireland we he very little native animals but if you look at the likes of Ireland from a couple hundred years ago (which isn’t that long ago tbh) we had so many native animals. We even had our own breeds of eagles which are now extinct.


            • Marilyn Armstrong April 5, 2017 / 3:38 pm

              England is even worse. The moors are gone, turned to grazing for sheep. I don’t think there’s a wild four-legged animal bigger than a dog anywhere. Europe? Denuded of wildlife except maybe high in the mountains. We’re working on our oceans, too. It is heartbreaking.

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              • Aoibha Walsh April 5, 2017 / 3:40 pm

                I’m right with you. There are major cliffs in Ireland, the cliffs of moher. I remember thinking there would be loads of life upon them but no, there were puffins and seals that roamed the water and a few seagulls and that was all. Even though there may be life in mountains, I doubt there’s many. I agree with you about England. What have we done to the poor animals who once sided against us!?


                • Marilyn Armstrong April 5, 2017 / 4:38 pm

                  We shot them. Ate them. Stuffed them. Wore their pelts. Gated them out of where they used to breed. And one day, they were gone.

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