Indian Cheetah, the pink-headed duck and the Great Indian Bustard have now joined the list of extinct animals in India. Researchers and environmentalists speaking at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have declared that the three animals have become extinct in India. Researchers said that desertification was the main cause behind this. Infact, more than 150 species in India have been categorised as critically endangered. Some of these are Jeypore Ground Gecko, Namdapha Flying Squirrel, Malabar Civet, Kashmir Red Deer, Kolar Leaf-Nosed Bat and Pygmy Hog among others.
Desertification can be caused by uncontrollable usage of insecticides, pesticides or the land is used for excessive farming, industrial use, among others. Desertification impacts not just land but also effects human life, threatens the survival of animals and harms the entire biodiversity if the area.