Is the world prepared to sit back and let the extinction of as many as 15 species of animals happen ? It would seem so. Against overwhelming odds animals from the oceans to the forest are fighting a battle to survive that in my heart I know they can't win. The wonderous wildlife we have taken for granted would always be there, that once seemed so abundant, is fast disappearing despite the huge efforts of conservationists, biologists and individuals who truly care. I want to believe that this awful situation can be turned around, that greed, terrorism, disregard and the cultural ideas that drive it can be addressed and animals can live in peace. How could anyone gaze at the extraordinary beauty of the Amur leopard and not be lost for words to describe this magical creature and yet there could only be around 30 left in the wild. My heart sinks realising that the only place they will survive will be in captivity not roaming the wild where they belong and have every right to be.