I recently read a blog post that touched me deeply. It spoke of plight, of loss, of impending destruction. No, the blog post wasn’t about humans or civilization in general, but about big cats.
Everyone knows that tigers, lions, leopards, and jaguars are some of the most endangered species on the planet and each day, their numbers dwindle even further. With the rate in which their destruction is going, the big cats that we know today will be gone forever and they will never come back. Can you imagine that world? Think of all of the big cats in stories and films: Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia, Tigger in Winnie the Pooh, Elsa in Born Free, Simba in The Lion King, Shere Khan and Bagheera in The Jungle Book – very soon, the creatures that inspired these characters and stories will only be alive through the written word. Our children in the near future, will only know of these creatures through these tales, but they will never have the joy of knowing that these majestic animals are still alive and thriving and this will all be because of our actions taking place this very moment.
As much as I love books and films, there’s nothing better than the story of life, not only in regards to fellow humans, but to that of our animal brethren as well. However, when such important life is lost, some of the greatest stories that make up life are lost as well. We cannot let this happen. The story of life needs to go on, and we need to help tell it, but give those who don’t have a voice a chance to continue to tell theirs as well.
Please see the links below to see how you can help big cats and their habitats so as to let their stories continue: