According to the UN, 25% of migratory animals face extinction

According to a recent UN estimate, one-fifth of the world’s animal migrants face extinction. Animals that migrate change locations periodically throughout the year. The State of the World’s Migratory Species study was made public on February 12. Population declines are attributed to changes in the environment brought about by human activity. The species are threatened by pollution, illicit fishing and hunting, habitat loss, and climate change. As the seasons change, a wide variety of migratory creatures migrate to new areas, including songbirds, sea turtles, whales, sharks, and others.

 

According to a U.N. report, the population of 44% of migratory species worldwide is declining. Furthermore, out of the 1,200 species that the U.N. monitors, around one in five are in danger of going extinct or going extinct altogether. Lead author of the report was Kelly Malsch. “These are species that move around the globe,” she said to The Associated Press. They travel in search of food and mates, and they also require rest stops along the journey. Animal populations can decline due to habitat loss or other hazards encountered during travel, according to Malsch. Certain species require migration to survive. The species will perish if the migration is stopped, according to Stuart Pimm.

 

The report was delivered in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, during a meeting of the United Nations Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. Participants in the meeting are reviewing suggestions for conservation actions. Additionally, they’re trying to find new, dangerous species. Susan Lieberman works at the nonprofit Wildlife Conservation Society as the vice president for international policy. “One country alone cannot save any of these species,” she said to the AP.

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