Information compiled by Alice Morana with the help of her family.

It is interesting to note that in a poor country such as Ethiopia there are 143 trees per person. I wonder how many trees per person there are in Malta?

Today I am going to write about the population of different animals and humans in the world.

Lions: 20,000

White lions: 300

Polar Bears: 31,000

Tigers: 3,900

Pandas: 1,864

Rhinos: 29,000

Elephants: 40,000 to 50,000

Giraffes: 68,000

Mountain Gorillas: 1,000

Cheetahs: 7,100

Egyptian Vultures: 21,000 – 67,000

Hippopotamus: 148,000

Humpback whales: 15,000

Blue whales: 10,000 – 25,000

Killer whales: 50,000

Humans: 7,800,000,000

Sources : Wikipedia, WWF

Whilst I am doing this research, I feel sad because I am realizing that many animals, which I am so much used to see on television,, are on the brink of extinction. This means that these animals will not exist anymore.

Points to discuss with your family:

1) What is the difference between the animal population and the human population?

2) What can we do to help these animals increase their population?

3) Research other animals that you like and share with us their population numbers.

4) Research population numbers of these animals 40 years ago and compare them with that of today.

5) Do you think that some animals that live in Malta can become extinct?

You can send me your replies here.

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