WWF is sounding the alarm: the number of animals in the world has decreased by 68% in 50 years

For more than a decade, human activity has affected the biodiversity of nature in the most destructive way. This conclusion was confirmed by the authors of the last report of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) with exact figures. As shown by a detailed analysis, the population of vertebrates on Earth over the past 50 years has decreased by a catastrophic 68%.

The data were provided by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and are based on information from more than 4, 000 sources on the 21, 000 populations of mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians on our planet.

The reason for such dire consequences is the destruction of the natural environment as a result of the destruction of forests, ill-considered farming, and the illegal trade in wild animals.

Among the hardest hit is the eastern lowland gorilla of the Republic of the Congo, whose population has declined by 87%, mainly due to illegal hunting. This category also includes the decline in the spawning population of Chinese sturgeon in the Yangtze River - from 1982 to 2015, it decreased by 97%. Now the species is on the verge of complete extinction.