Things We Should All Do To Protect Endangered Species

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One thing we humans fail at is seeing the big picture.  We are often blind to the interconnectedness of everything that supports life, a web so complex and interdependent, we are only beginning to understand it. The food chain, from the tiniest little microorganisms to the largest creatures on earth, keep us humans alive. So, when we talk about the grey whale, the timber wolf, the black rhino, it’s not just that we should save these endangered creatures for their own good, but it’s also for ours.The current legislation and government bodies that protect wild species from extinction are both being defunded and reorganized. It will be up to ordinary citizens and environmental groups to save these important links on the food chain.  Here are some things we should all do to protect endangered species.

Top Things We Should All Do To Protect Endangered Species

Spread the World

Finally, one of the biggest steps you can take is by becoming a messenger for those without a voice. Be an advocate for endangered animals – spread your message to your family and friends, and tell them what they can do to help. Use social media to educate and reach as many folks as you can.

The power to help endangered species is in your hands. It’s not too late – by doing just a few small things, you can make a real difference.

Educate your family about endangered species in your area

Educate your family about endangered species in your area

It’s not just about snow leopards in Russia, it’s about the ecosystem in your own backyard. Teach your friends and family about wildlife, birds, fish and plants that live near you. Just awareness of these species is a critical step. From the worms in the garden to the bats that pollinate and control the mosquitos, there are many ways that our daily habits at home affect these creatures.

Recycle and buy sustainable products

Much of what threatens local populations has to do with development and more and more of the natural world is plundered to product new goods.  Never buy furniture made of wood from rainforests or endangered trees. Recycle your cell phones, because a mineral used in electronic production is mined in gorilla habitat. Don’t use palm oil because forests where tigers live are being cut down to plant palm plantations.

Grow native plants

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One of the top things we should all do to protect endangered species is growing native plants. It’s a no-brainer but local species rely on local plants. You are providing food and shelter for native wildlife and you can reduce your water usage at the same time. Attracting native insects like bees and butterflies can help pollinate your flowers. And conversely, invasive species compete with native species for resources and habitat, threatening biodiversity. They can even prey on native species directly, forcing native species towards extinction.

There are many organizations focused on protecting endangered animals and preserving their native habitats. Organizations like the World Wildlife FundThe Nature ConservancyOne Tree Planted (which Safari Ltd has partnered with in the past) and countless others are dedicated to the conservation of our endangered species and protecting vulnerable wild spaces. Do your research, find an organization that you feel is doing good work, and donate what you can to further the cause!

Support Accredited Zoos & Aquariums

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This might seem like an odd choice for this list, as many people have a negative opinion of zoos and their relationship to animals. And it is true that some roadside zoos do not have the animal’s best interests at heart.

However, accredited zoos and aquariums are instrumental in protecting endangered wildlife. They are essential in educating the public about these animals, and informing people about how to protect them.

Many zoos and aquariums also serve as rescue and rehabilitation facilities for endangered wildlife, saving hurt animals and returning them to the wild after they’ve recovered. Additionally, many zoos have breeding programs focused on endangered animals to help boost wild populations.

Just do your research and make sure you’re educated about a facility’s accreditation, so you know you’re giving your support to an upstanding organization. While present times are not ideal for visiting zoos or public places, consider other ways to support. Many zoos are still active online, offering ways to support them through their websites or social media accounts.

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