Biodiversity: What happens?
Many species are not identified yet, but biodiversity declines faster than ever. Natural habitats decrease before rapid human population growth, if continues, a large percentage of species could disappear in the following years.
Dominican Republic has a great animal wealth we must not fail to protect. It seems that nature has given us a unique opportunity; certain species such as the deer antler coral are bouncing back from what was an imminent death. Our beaches need this important coral to have a balance. Climate change is an important factor in the destruction of these species but the greater destroyer is undoubtedly: the human race.
EDUCATING TO BENEFIT ALL
A small sector of the population understands what we need from each of these species to maintain the natural balance of our area, but there is still a lot to be done.
Different species of turtles come to our beaches, from Miches to Cabo Engaño and in the South area from Neiba Bay to Pedernales. Practices as intensive fishing, gathering eggs and cities growth have accelerated their extinction.
We can forget to mention the most common spider in our area: the cacata. Its scientific name is phormictopus cancerides and here it is an endangered species but in some countries like Brazil is a protected species. Females can live up to 20 years and their hunting strategy is studied due to its effectiveness.
The hawk of Hispaniola island, a majestic endemic bird of prey is also endangered. It is a great honour to see the few specimens that exist and it‘s our duty to protect them for their speedy recovery.
Parrotfish has a key role in the marine ecosystem, with its parrot beak controls the excessive growth of algae on corals and helps our beaches to have that wonderful white sand, as a result of its digestive process.
We must become aware of and preserve this natural heritage, we need each other, from the smallest insect to the largest whale depend on us and vice versa. We have the privilege to live in one of the places where biodiversity has declined less, it is our duty to educate future generations to preserve what we have. We are sensitive to changes but we know we can adapt ourselves.
Tags: Fauna and Flora