This week we are talking about endangered animals. We will be talking about what it is, why it’s important and how we can help!
Let’s start with the what. Do you know what endangered means?
A species is classified as endangered when its population has declined at least 70 percent and the cause of the decline is known. A species is also classified as endangered when its population has declined at least 50 percent and the cause of the decline is not known.
Why is it important to protect endangered species?
The Endangered Species Act is very important because it saves our native fish, plants, and other wildlife from going extinct. Once gone, they're gone forever, and there's no going back.
The good news is there are so many ways we can help our animal friends.
- Visit national parks, wildlife refuge, or protected areas
- Reduce, reuse, recycle! Less waste helps the planet and the animals.
- Don’t purchase any products like ivory or tortoise shells, which can lead to hurting an animal population.
- Use your voice and speak for the animals!! Raising awareness is important and sharing information with others.
- Easy examples of spreading the word include sharing social posts, sharing links to articles, signing petitions and telling your friends!
- Donate to organization that help wildlife
- Grow native plants, not only because gardening is cool, but plants are food for animals.
- Go to accredited Zoos and Aquariums. Your support can help them to spread message, educate. Also, many zoos have breeding programs to help boost populations!!
- Keep pets on leashes when hiking to protect wild animals and your pet.
- Learn!! What’s endangered in your area.
It’s important to ALWAYS remember we share this world with our animal friends!