A Conversation about Conservation!
Currently, we are living through the Holocene Extinction period – the biggest mass extinction event since we lost the dinosaurs 66 million years ago! Whilst we’re not 100 per cent sure what wiped out the dinosaurs and three quarters of the Earth’s animal and plant life all those years ago, we are sure about the number one cause of the Holocene Extinction Event – it’s humans.
A mix of our activities has indiscriminately, directly and indirectly, caused the extinction of over 800 known species since 1500CE. We have only catalogued 1.2 million species and modern estimates predict that 8.7 million might exist, we cannot be sure about just how many we are losing, but it may be as many 150 a day.
Therefore, active help is required. Hanwell Zoo contributes in three ways: Conservation, Education and Community.