INCONVENIENTLY DOOMED TO DIE

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.

elephants-in-the-serengeti

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.

19 thoughts on “INCONVENIENTLY DOOMED TO DIE

    • 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.

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      • 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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  1. 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.

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      • 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. 😉

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    • 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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