And very depressing to report that among those species we might see disappear in a short time is the African elephant. There were 500,000 Elephants in Africa in 1970 but a failure by many governments to properly enforce the world ivory ban adopted in 1989 has seen that figure fall to under 200,000. This magnificent and intelligent species ongoing battle for survival can be seen on the miniseries the BBC is currently screening 'Saving Africa's Elephants' http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0813xr2/saving-africas-elephants-hugh-and-the-ivory-war-episode-1
Zager and Evans signed off their track with a reference to the year 9595, but sad to say that on current trends it's doubtful the human race will still be around by then. But if we are still around its highly unlikely that - a few insect and marine based species aside - any of the living creatures we currently share the planet will still be around with us.
But it doesnt have to be this way as contrary to the old Thatcherite nostrum there is an alternative - and that alternative is 'eco socialism'! A philosophy which marries the pursuit of economic and social justice with the protection of the world's environment and the living things we share this planet with. As it's abundantly clear that the dominant economic philosophy of the last 3 decades - free market capitalism - is incompatible with the well being of the planet and life on it.