When Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist, shot and killed Cecil, Zimbabwe's favorite Southwest African lion of Hwange National Park, there was outrage the world over. In midtown Manhattan, more than 7,000 miles away, Cecil was memorialized on the Empire State Building.
On Saturday, August 1st, the Empire State Building spent three hours shining the images of 160 endangered species.
The project was sponsored and designed by the Discovery Channel.
The display was thanks to a series of 40 projectors working together in painstaking detail to shine the images.
The globally recognized issue of extinction is accelerating rapidly, with current rates at 1,000 times the rate of "normal" extinction patterns found in nature.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List put 36% of the more than 47,000 identified species on the list of "threatened" wildlife.
This list of threatened wildlife accounts for 12% of all birds.
21% of mammals.
37% of reptiles, 30% of amphibians.
And, most alarmingly, up to 70% of plants.
The largest impact of our current era, which some scientists are calling "the Anthropocene," is habitat loss by destruction, climate change and the introduction of non-native invasive species.
To learn more about the IUCN Red List, visit them here.
To learn more about Racing Extinction, visit here.