"Brits have ‘no idea’ which creatures are thriving or close to extinction –
with nine in 10 unaware the beloved donkey is at risk of being wiped out.
Researchers who polled 2,000 adults found 84 per cent had no idea animals
commonly found on UK soil and abroad are endangered.
Two thirds of adults were unaware that bees are at risk, while 60 per cent
assumed the gorilla population was thriving.
A further 44 per cent didn’t know black rhino numbers are under threat, and 48
per cent were out of touch when it comes to the future of orangutans.
This lack of awareness extends to working animals such as donkeys, which are
currently under threat in many parts of the world as a result of the skins
trade – a troubling fact 88 per cent of adults had no knowledge of."
Via Muse, who wrote "I’m in the midst of writing a new work that involves a
young character who has a special donkey friend. I discovered that donkeys
around the world are in fact in danger of extinction. So, in my own small way,
I’ve been doing what I can to promote these amazing creatures! For areas that
have been devastated by human activity, they are superb for helping to
revegetate the area because they thrive on scrub, and their poop is rich in
nutrients that help to bring back grasses, trees, and other plants."
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