2021 Wildlife Population Report – The Latest in a Series of Special Reports

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The 2021 Wildlife Population Report is the latest in a series of reports from the World Wildlife Fund on the state of wildlife populations throughout the world.

This report was released just before the International Day of Wildlife Protection, to coincide with the first day of the new year. Here are some quick facts, and analysis for the report, as well as some suggestions on what conservation efforts can be undertaken to increase the number of wild species left in the world.

A wildlife population report of 2021 will be published in full once the numbers are collated and analyzed. This information will show a slight decrease in population numbers, though many fear that the current reduction is only temporary. Some areas have experienced a reduction of up to eighty percent over the last few years.

What is being seen at the moment is much of the decline is down to habitat loss and encroachment on already rare animals and plants. Some of the loss of habitat has been natural, with farmers clearing more land for crops and expanding homes. However, other areas have been altered to make them more suitable for development, either for housing or for livestock. Urban populations have also seen a significant decline in housing numbers as developers increase their own development, often pushing out local wildlife populations to make way for these developments. Furthermore, poaching has also seen a marked decline in some areas, with both big game reserves and smaller populations seeing a decline.