Ok, 157 is a lot of reasons, but I promise you they're all realllyyyy important! The World Wildlife Fund recently reported that in 2017 there were 157 new species, ranging from mammals to fish to insects, described in the Greater Mekong region of Southeast Asia.
Like can you believe that?? One Hundred Fifty Seven Species 😱
Sometimes it's hard to believe that there are so many undiscovered species still left in the world. While it gives me a bit of hope, it also reinforces the notion that we need to protect the only world we have. Development in the Greater Mekong region has been increasing over time leasing to habitat fragmentation and, at times, total destruction. Then we have the poaching... *sigh* there's always poaching. People love animals and their body parts so much they'll do anything to have them. It's pretty sad to see this happening in an area that's loaded with unique wildlife. This is the same area that supports elephants, rhinos, monkeys, leopards and tigers.
Hopefully these species and the more than 2,500 other species described in the last 11 years can persuade more people to take action and stand up for wildlife protection and sustainable resource usage.