What do walruses, tigers, and the Javan rhino have in common?
According to this they are the “10 most threatened species of 2010.”
The title seems a bit disingenuous, not because these animals aren’t threatened, but because I have my doubts about them being the 10 most threatened. Seven out of the ten are large mammals. Nine out of ten are megafauna. To the credit of the WWF they did not title this list as the most threatened, but as a species-to-watch list. Which makes more sense because I’m sure there are quite a few species (and not just animals) that are as close or closer to extinction.
Why is there such a large focus on megafauna within conservation, animal rights, and just about everything? Is it because mammalian megafauna are more similar to us, or because they are cuter, or because they are big enough to notice? Do we need to focus on the big and fluffy instead of the slimy, creepy, and crawly?
I recognize that it is an easy way to get (some/more) people to care, but is it the best way?