Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) June 06, 2012
As part of its ongoing interview series on endangered species, Endangered Earth Journal.com is featuring an interview with Liz Bennett, Vice President for Species Conservation at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), for World Environment Day.
In her interview with Endangered Earth Journal.com, Bennett says she has never considered any other career than working in conservation.
“I always enjoyed wildlife, so I studied zoology as an undergraduate student in UK. It was then that I realized how so many species that I cared about were becoming threatened, so felt that I just had to try to do something about it; so I never even considered doing any other job except working in the field of conserving wildlife.”
It is apparent she has done her ‘job’ well.
Bennett’s services to conservation have been recognized by her being awarded the “Golden Ark” award by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands in 1994, the “Pegawai Bintang Sarawak” (PBS) by the Sarawak State Government in 2003, “Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” (MBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2005, and D.Sc. (honoris causa) by Nottingham University, UK in 2008.
When asked if she is ‘hopeful’ or ‘concerned’ for the future of species facing extinction Bennett’s reply was a mixture of both hope and concern.
“It’s a complex question. To work in wildlife conservation, you have to be somewhat optimistic or you would give up! I’m relatively hopeful that, for many species, we can conserve them in at least some well-protected local areas. But what we have to do is expand that out to conserve species across much larger parts of the landscape, really scaling efforts up if we’re not going to lose massive numbers of species. I’m less optimistic about that, but it’s a goal for which we have to strive.”
You can find Liz Bennett’s complete interview at the Endangered Earth Journal.com.
STATE OF THE WILD:
According to the International Union for Conservation and Nature (IUCN) the abundance of species in the world has declined by 40% between 1970 and 2000. Species present in rivers, lakes and marshlands have declined by 50%. The IUCN estimates of the 52,017 species they have assessed, 17,936 species are threatened with extinction.
Of the world’s 5,490 mammals, 78 are extinct or extinct in the wild, and 188 are critically endangered, 450 endangered and 492 vulnerable. And 1,895 of the planet’s 6,285 amphibians are in danger of extinction. Making them one of the most threatened groups of species known to date.
The author of the 'Endangered Earth Journal.com' Endangered Species Journalist Craig Kasnoff. created 'Endangered Earth Journal.com' to promote the plight of endangered species and ways to save them from extinction.