As much as we love the pandas and the kakapos (the largest parrot species, flightless, nearly exterminated by domestic carnivores brought to New Zealand by Europeans), the large animals have our attention and affection, and we'll muddle through and keep barely viable gene pools of all of them alive in zoos and reserves. The real pending ecological disaster lies in the smaller creatures. We're obliterating entire species of rodents, primates, cetaceans, birds, reptiles and amphibians at an alarming rate. Surely even fish, although we're not as well equipped to monitor the catastrophe that's brewing in the oceans. And the lower phyla in the Animal Kingdom: insects, arachnids, crustaceans, molluscs. The Plant Kingdom isn't faring too well under our stewardship either. I don't know about the Fungus, Algae and Archaea Kingdoms, but my guess is that only the Bacteria Kingdom is thriving in the world we've created. Speaking of fungi, White-Nose Syndrome is killing off America's bat population. Bats hibernate in caves, and cave explorers have carried this fungus plague from one flock to the next. Bats are one of the most important checks on the insect population: if we lose the bats, our crops will be under siege.