A recent report indicates that there are only 83 wild Macaws left in the world. In 2022, this population is projected to be reduced to just 15 birds, representing a 96% reduction in population size since 1979. If current trends continue, these birds may not exist in our lifetime!

The primary threat leading to the decline of these charismatic parrots is avian flu. The virus has killed many birds across the globe and isolated populations of macaws have also been hit hard. Other threats include deforestation, poaching and ingestion of toxic materials such as lead from jewelry and paint. Efforts are being made by conservationists around the world to protect remaining populations of macaws, but if we do not act soon their disappearance from Earth will be inevitable.

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There are currently around 200,000-220,000 hyacinth macaws left in the world. This number decreases every year due to habitat destruction and illegal poaching for their feathers and beaks. In 2022, there may only be about 100,000-120,000 hyacinth macaws remaining in the wild.


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Chinchillas are a small, furry mammal that is native to the Andes mountains in western South America. In recent years, chinchillas have become rare and endangered due to human activity, such as hunting and deforestation. There are now estimated to be only around 29,000 adult chinchillas left in the wild. If this trend continues, by 2022 there may be no more chinchillas remaining in the wild.

Chinchilla populations are mainly declining due to habitat loss from deforestation and hunting for their pelts which are highly sought after in Europe and Asia. Some conservation groups believe that captive breeding could help save these species from extinction but until now little has been done to try to reverse the population decline on a large scale. Measures being taken include creating protected areas for chinchilla populations and restricting the hunting of these animals. However, much work still needs to be done if we want these adorable mammals roaming free once again!


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As of 2014, there are an estimated 140 to 150 Hyacinth Macaws left in the world. This is a significant decrease from the 1,000 birds that were estimated to be alive only 2 decades ago. Habitat loss and hunting are largely responsible for these declines, as well as capture for the illegal trade of feathers and beaks. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed the hyacinth macaw as one of the 25 most threatened bird species in the world.


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New Jersey’s population is projected to be 8,819,440 in 2022. This represents a growth of 1.4% over the 2015 population of 8,780,960. New Jersey’s population density is expected to be 106 people per square mile in 2022, lower than the 2012 census estimate of 109 people per square mile. There are few major cities in New Jersey that have populations above 100,000. Newark and Trenton are the only two cities with populations over 50,000 and both are exceeding 200,000 by 2022. The majority of New Jersey’s population resides in urban or suburban areas and there has been an increase in rural resident since 2000.

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