Invasive Species Should Be Taken Seriously

Often when we think of invasive species, we imagine zebra mussels or the infamous Africanized bee. However, many plants, mammals and insects participate in the invasion of native habitats.

An invasive species is one that is not native to the environment in which it is introduced, and it adversely effects its new habitat, as well as the other species who share it.

When an endemic species, also known as a native species, is moved into an environment which is foreign to them, the organism often has fewer natural predators.

A lack of natural predators means these invasive species have a better chance of successful reproduction. The offspring of invasive animals are more likely to reach adulthood and create offspring of their own, accelerating this issue.

Often, animals are dispersed around the globe via the black market or by accident.  Unfortunately, many animals do not survive the transport due to a lack of knowledge of the species’ needs or inadequate transport strategies.  Often, transporters are more concerned with avoiding attention from law enforcement, rather than ensuring the safety of the animals they are smuggling.  Click on the following sentence to access the full story.

Humans have the power to influence so much change in the environment for better or for worse. We absolutely must use this power of change to craft a sustainable future for all organisms.

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