As global warming has started to take its toll on the species, more animal species will disappear in the coming decades. However, recently a group of scientists has started a global quest to track down species that have disappeared completely from the wild.
The mission was launched by Texas based Global Wildlife Conservation as it has been described as the largest-ever global quest to find and protect animals and plants missing for decades.
Talking about the quest, Don Church told Huffington Post recently, “It’s about raising the profile both of the species that we’re looking for, but more so the places where they occur,” he told The Huffington Post. “The reason those places are important is because they have extreme biodiversity value, but very few people have heard about them. People hear about the Amazon basin, but they don’t think about the forests of Côte d’Ivoire or some of the other places where these flagship species and many of the other species occur.”
“It’s a message of hope and opportunity to still save these places and the species within. And it’s not a message that’s going to put people into sort of their despair and lead them to throwing their hands up and saying — giving up, giving up on the biodiversity of our planet — which is easily done by people when all they hear the magnitude of the environmental crisis across the planet.”