The United States has over 1300 endangered species that are at risk of becoming extinct. Extinction can be due to environmental changes caused by people’s actions or nature. Each species requires a specific habitat to survive, and when people change the habitats or homes upon which these species rely, they become endangered. Plants and animals make the world more beautiful and exciting.
Extinction may alter ecosystems via cascading effects, result in the loss of apex species, jeopardize pollination, endanger the food chain, lose nature’s therapeutic richness, negatively impact the economy, and destroy livelihoods. This article discusses six ways you can help protect endangered species.
1. Learn about the endangered species in your area
Learning about the endangered species within your area is the first step toward protecting them. Upon being listed as endangered or threatened, a species receives special protection from the federal government. The National Marine Fisheries or U.S Fish and Wildlife Service investigates and determine if the species qualifies for protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Research to find the list of endangered species in your area, then find ways to help save them from extinction. To learn more, you can also visit parks, wildlife refuges, and other places home to endangered species, such as Tiger World.
2. Support an organization that saves endangered species
Protected areas like zoos, aquariums, wildlife refuges, and organizations offer shelter to endangered species. Protecting their habitat goes a long way in saving them. So, consider volunteering in projects meant for the welfare of endangered species, including running rescue centers, fighting against illegal hunting, or training rangers. You can also donate to organizations that protect these species. Following the organizations that protect endangered species can help you learn what you can do to assist.
3. Grow native plants
Planting native flowers, trees, and bushes in your backyard provide shelter and food to native wildlife, including butterflies and insects. This can also help pollinate your plants. Don’t plant invasive plants as they can overtake and endanger native species that animals depend on. Avoid toxic herbicides and pesticides as they’re a primary killer for the critical pollinators like bees that maintain ecological balance.
4. Create awareness
Wildlife organizations and zoos depend on your voice to help speak for the endangered species. You and others can set aside days to create awareness for endangered species. You can also sign petitions, share links to articles and share social media posts about these species.
5. Avoid or reduce dairy products and meat from your diet
Going vegan is a great way to preserve the environment. Animal farming causes pollution, deforestation, and water consumption. It also results in habitat loss, soil erosion, rainforest demise, ocean dead zones, and species extinction. Large amounts of food, land, water and energy are required to keep animals for food. Consuming plant-based foods can help rescue the planet for the betterment of the endangered species while reducing animal suffering.
6. Adopt an animal
Sponsoring an animal is another excellent way to help the species endangered by extinction. The World Animal Foundation and World Wildlife Fund provide simple virtual adoption packages beneficial for endangered species. Sharing your adoption on social media can help encourage others to adopt an animal.
Protecting threatened species saves them from extinction. Use these ways to help endangered species.