We asked readers which species they’d save—here are the top responses
Is yours on the list?
If you could dedicate your life to saving one species, which would you choose?
National Geographic posed the question to its readers on Facebook, and the most common answer was somewhat surprising: bees.
The insects beat out (by far) other charismatic animals, including elephants, tigers, whales, and polar bears, which round out the top five in that order.
People commented on just how important these insects are for ecosystems and its inhabitants: For instance three-fourths of flowering plants and about a third of crops rely on pollinators like honeybees to reproduce. As one reader wrote: “If bees go, we all go.”
A recent review published in the journal Biological Conservation found that nearly half of the bee species in