our home page we told you that over 99% of all species that have ever existed on
Earth are now extinct! This
isn't too surprising since species of animals and plants will always
become extinct. It is a natural process of selection commonly called
'survival of the fittest.' However, there is a difference between this
natural process and what many scientists believe is a rapid
acceleration of this process by the activities of man.
By learning about the animals that are no longer with us, we will appreciate what we've lost. People have the ability to destroy the world's animals, but we also have the power to save and preserve them.
Image of globe with animals from "ArtToday.com" <http://members.clipart.com/en/index> (2003).