God created human beings and yes we are one of the best creations of god. But that same god created the other non-living and living beings, be it a butterfly or a snake or a giraffe or a lion or the mountains, rivers, trees. Whatever we see all around us is a gift of god. We human beings want to and also feel that it is our right to live peacefully on this planet earth, similarly other living beings also have the right to live peacefully in their habitats. But the human brain which makes us different from all other creations of god has got corrupted over the course of time.
In the urge to satisfy our greed and our selfish needs, we human beings have always been encroaching upon the territories of other creations of god and this encroachment is increasing day by day. Our modern lives and the increasing urbanization has led to such an alarming situation that many beautiful creations of god have become extinct and many are on the verge of extinction.
If this goes on, our future generations will never be able to enjoy the beauty of God’s creations. There are many animals which are on the verge of extinction and some need our care and attention otherwise they will also be extinct one day.
The Bengal tiger which was commonly called as the ‘Royal Tiger’ in the past needs our immediate attention because it is an endangered species. Just few years back, campaigns were carried out all over India to “save the tigers” and the campaign was quite successful and there has been an increase in the population of the tigers. But we should not stop here, after all tiger is the national animal of India.
Imagine, how will it look, if the national animal of India becomes extinct. How and where will you show the national animal to your children and grandchildren? Once we took our son (2.5yrs old) to a zoological park, where he saw many animals but he remembers very few of them. He clearly remembers the Bengal tiger and its roaring sound. I love to hear my son making that roaring sound of the tiger and I would love to hear even my grandchildren making that roaring sound of the tiger. Amen!!!
Then comes the animal of black and white beauty and it is the blackbuck. I never knew that blackbuck is a protected species and also that it’s conservation status is “Near Threatened”, until there was big hype in media over the killing of blackbuck by a famous celebrity in the state of Rajasthan. Even though my son doesn’t know and recognize a blackbuck but I would love to show him that black and white beauty. I know that the population of blackbucks is not very less but still we should be careful now rather than regretting later. There are laws against poaching but still blackbucks are being killed for their meat and skin. Also the natural habitats of the blackbucks are being encroached upon by the local population.
Last but not the least, comes the national bird of India. The full-fledged display of feathers of this brightly coloured bird is very mesmerizing. I know many of you will think that there is no such alarming situation regarding the population of peacocks as their conservation status is “least concern”.
But as we all know that “Prevention is better than cure”, and peacock being the national bird of India, we should take steps now before it is late. We all know that there are laws to tackle the issues of poaching but peacocks also are poached for their meat and feather.
We all should participate and do our bit for the conservation of these beautiful animals, if we don’t want our future generations to see these animals only in pictures and also to maintain the ecological balance of planet earth. I don’t want my children and grandchildren to see these animals only in books or in animation forms like in our case we have only read and seen pictures of dinosaurs. Lets take pledge to do our bit and save our planet earth from ecological imbalance.
I am participating in the Save the Species contest for the book “Capturing Wildlife Moments in India” in association with Saevus Wildlife India, read the reviews for the book ‘Capturing Wildlife Moments in India’ here.