As a huge conservationist and environmentalist it really breaks my heart to see what's happening to a lot of these animals I grew up to love.
Some tough statistics:
- The black rhino's population is down 97.6% since 1960
- African elephants may be extinct in ten years
- There are fewer than 900 mountain gorillas left
- The lion is currently extinct in 7 different countries in Africa
- Grevy'z Zebra: approximately 700 remain
There is hope though. This information is from the source of the African Wildlife Foundation-a really great organization who is doing everything in their power to save these creatures; yet they need your help.
Click on this link here for the African Wildlife Foundation's page on this issue and do what you can to help today.
-Clark the Shark
UPDATE 2/18/2014: Rob Portman, a Republican, is a U.S. senator from Ohio and he wrote this piece for CNN.com: