I was sitting here thinking about the subject of endangered animal species and the idea of certain animal life forms sooner or later becoming extinct.
According to WorldWildlife.org, some of the world's animals currently on the endangered species list are:
Polar Bears Snow Leopards Pandas Meercats Tigers
Penguins Grey Wolves Sea Otters Orangutans Arctic Foxes
Gorillas Dolphins Giraffes Snowy Owls Chimpanzees
Bald Eagles Cheetahs Lemurs Grizzly Bears Tree Frogs
Sloths Manatees Jaguars Tortoises Moose
Seals Sharks Lions Blue Whales Bison
Hippos Rhinos Puffins Zebras Iguanas
Octopuses Anacondas Walruses Crocodiles Toucans
Sea Lions Anteaters Salamanders Woodpeckers Porpoises
There are many more than this, but you get the idea.
I have thought about this issue for many years and I agree wholeheartedly that it is a very sad and tragic thing to see so much of the world's animal population dwindling down to numbers as low as they are today. I wish just as much as any devout animal lover among any of you that all animals could be free to roam and thrive and live out their lives exactly as God intended when He created them.
But, realistically, I see this tragic situation with endangered animal species to be inevitable. I also foresee the situation becoming increasingly worse and worse, not better. There will eventually come a time when all wild animals of the world will meet one of three fates:
A. They will become permanently and forever extinct.
B. They will be kept alive in zoos through artificial means.
C. They will be kept in very small refuges and animal preserves.
The fate of all the wild animals in this world will eventually be one of those three choices, or some combination of the three. In my limited perspective, I cannot imagine anything else for any of the wild animals of this planet. As the population of human beings continues to increase, and the human need for more and more land grows even greater, the situation will one day reach the point where it will be either the animals or us. And, if that is the case, the animals are going to lose.
This is not based on my own personal opinion or perspective, this is based on plain logic and common sense. All the wild animals of the world will one day either be kept in some sort of man-made environment or they will be dead. This tragic scenario I am painting here may not happen for many, many years, but it WILL happen. In fact, unless human beings radically and drastically reduce the rate at which they reproduce and change the way in which they use land for places to live, work and shop, this scenario may become a reality much sooner than anyone currently imagines.
However, regardless of whether all this comes to pass sooner or later, it will inevitably come to pass. In the end, the wild animals of this world will not win. They will either be contained in some way or they will be killed. When the human population of the world reaches that point, there will be no third alternative. The only "wild" animals that will still roam freely will be the ones which can adapt and somehow fit into human social civilization, such as mice, rats, pigeons, squirrels, and as various human pets do now.
I realize that what I am writing here is very, very sad. Believe me, I despise having to admit the truth of such a scenario or accept the inevitability of such a future reality. But the handwriting is on the wall, as the saying goes. The tragic threat that we see to all the endangered species of animals in the world today is merely a small and bitter taste of far worse things still to come. I wish I could say that this was just my own personal pessimism. But, logically and rationally, I cannot see any other outcome.