Tips for Taking Action to Save Animals and Help Stop Extinction

Dodo Bird

Paintings of a Dodo specimen, as painted by Roelant Savery in 1626.
Paintings of a Dodo specimen, as painted by Roelant Savery in 1626. | Source

First let's think about "extinction", the disappearance of a species. When the last one dies, the species becomes 'extinct'...species extinction... I remember as a kid hearing that the "dodo" bird was extinct! What I didn't know was he had been extinct since 1662! Why did they become extinct? The human population encroached on their habitat. In addition the human brought pigs and rats to the island where the Dodo lived...animals that would kill the Dodo ... animals against which the Dodo had no protection.

The Dodo is not the only animal to become extinct, lists of extinct animals are long and the saddest part is they continue to grow...the lists get longer and longer. Remember the Dodo bird? Three hundred years after it's extinction scientists are finding it was responsible for eating the fruit from a particular tree...one that is not now reproducing...the Dodo eating the fruit and dropping the seeds led to that tree's reproduction. It was something that only happened about every three years! Now that tree is becoming extinct.

Animals that have become extinct this century

  • The Baiji Dolphin
  • The Western Black Rhino
  • The Golden Toad
  • Craugastor escoces (a species of frog)
  • Spix's Macaw
  • Black-faced Honey Creeper (bird)
  • Hawaiin crow
  • Pyrenean Ibex

This list is not complete.......

Male Golden Toad

Extinct Golden Toad
Extinct Golden Toad | Source

It has been said that in this century one in eight birds has become extinct, one in three amphibians, one in four mammals...think about it, now.

There are so many species that have become extinct that we never knew, what about our children, grandchildren or great grandchildren? Which species will they not know?

What can we do? Start putting the earth back together again.

  • Repair wilderness areas split by roads
  • join community conservation campaigns
  • support continuing research
  • 'adopt' an animal
  • support wildlife preservation
  • Help stop the hunting of animals for profit
  • Learn more about climate change

Extinction Facts

  1. 16,928 plant and animal species are known to be threatened with extinction. This may be a gross underestimate because less than 3% of the world’s 1.9 million described species have been assessed for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. http://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/species_extinction_05_2007.pdf
  2. Just a few of the hundreds of animals on the endangered species list are: African and Asian elephants, West Indian manatees, American alligators, Western gorillas, grizzly bears, Florida cougars, jaguars, tigers, black rhinos, California condors, humpback whales, sperm whales, green sea turtles, Atlantic salmon, and red wolves. http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-endangered-species
  3. The Caspian Tiger was the third largest tiger species. The last of this tiger was seen in 1970, after which it has been declared amongst the extinct animal species. This tiger was found on the lands of Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Caucasus, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
  4. One quarter of all mammal species face extinction in 30 years. United Nations, http://news.bbc.co.uk/
  5. Human population is expected to increase by at least 50% over the next 75 years. United Nations Population Division, http://www.enviroliteracy.org/


Tips

So, what action can you personally take to help stop extinction? A great start would be to join or support an organization like "Friends of Animals", "Primarily Primates", "World Association of Aquariums and Zoos" or any other such organization. Another is the Endangered Species Coalition, this statement can be found on their webiste;"a national network of hundreds of conservation, scientific, education, religious, sporting, outdoor recreation, humane, business and community groups across the country. Through public education, scientific information and citizen participation, we work to protect and restore our nation's wildlife and wild places."

What can you do that won't cost money? Believe it or not there are things you can do...for one start conserving gasoline...walk when you have errands to run that are near home, don't take the car. Live simply not using more of nature's bounty than is necessary.

Avoid buying products in plastic, plastics pollute. Some newer plastics are biodegradable, most are not. Petroleum based plastic does not biodegrade.

Don't litter....much of our litter is deadly to animals. For example, plastic six pack rings can strangle small animals and birds, animals can get mercury poisoning from batteries, and broken glass can hurt and kill animals too. Throwing litter out of your car window can entice an animal to come to eat it...the animal may then be hit by a car...so many reasons not to litter!

Use less pesticides and herbicides in your garden, they can adversely affect wildlife in many ways.

Recycle! We hear the word so often and know we should. Save the planet, save trees, save the environment and save animals from extinction by recycling everything you can. It does help.

Don't buy products that cause animals their life...things made from ivory, tortoise shell, real fur, crocodile skin, and the like. Buying these things encourages poachers who are looking for the money. Perpetuating the demand just keeps poachers poaching.

Don't buy products that are tested on animals.

Hold the government responsible and/or accountable for conservation measures.

Protest hunting ranches. Animals are bred and kept in a 'ranch' solely to be hunted; they breed them, they sell them, they kill them. Not a very fair or sportsman like situation for the animals.

Never release pets into the wild; dogs, cats, rodents, etc. They don't belong in the wild and can upset the native species.

Support local zoos, aquariums, and parks.

Make your property environmentally friendly; certain bushes support birds, plants support butterflies, research what you can plant to protect local wildlife.

Educate your children about extinction and teach them to respect animal life and habitat.

Stay informed. Watched the National Geographic Channel, follow conservation efforts on the Internet.

We have the ability to stop the cycle of extinction. It is in our power and in our voices. Action and support are the way to keep movements alive that will end extinction.

Copyright Tillsontitan - All Rights Reserved.

Learn more:

The Florida panther is near extinction. You can find out more by reading sgbrown's great hub The Florida Panther - Facts and Conservation Efforts

An interesting hub about the animals we have already lost A guide To Extinct Animals Of North America

What about large birds? Read about one beautiful bird that is near extinction Birds of Prey - The Philippine Eagle


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

All excellent points, birthday girl! Now if only someone would listen. :) As long as man needs wood, or thinks he needs wood, we will keep cutting down habitat.....and we seem to have the need to pollute in our genes....but there is always hope my friend, and I choose to hope that we will all come to realize what needs to be done for all creatures. :)


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nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

Good tips! Another great example is the passenger pigeon. They used to be extremely plentiful in North America but went extinct in a matter of decades due to hunting. Voted up and interesting.


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D.A.L. 4 years ago from Lancashire north west England

Hi mary, an excellent hub worthy of the attention of all who respect our fellow creatures. It is a sad fact than mans greed has destroyed many beautiful animals by destroying habitats for financial gain. In the case of the rhino and tiger they have been hunted to near extinction for their body parts used as you know for traditional medicinal uses in Asia and for the value of ivory. Although this is now illegal it still occurs. Great hub thank you for sharing.


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bdegiulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Great hub Mary. When will we realize that once these animals are gone, they are gone forever. I just don't understand how we as humans can do this to these beautiful creatures, shame on us. Let's hope your message spreads as awareness is the key. Thanks for sharing this important message. Voting up, sharing, etc.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Always faithful Billy! I mention in this hub "living simple" ... I hope it leads others to read your hubs as that is the key to all life on this planet. I finished this late so didn't link but have put in a link to your New Year's hub.

So right Nanderson, we don't stop to think there are animals that have become extinct in our lifetime!

D.A.L. greed my friend! Greed and vanity. Why does that woman need an ivory bracelet for example? Glad you liked my hub.

bdegiulio I an only hope we gt this message across before its too late for even one more animal!


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Mary, thanks for sharing your ideas on this topic.

Little away from my farmhouse we have a ground where we throw our dead cattle. Since this initiative was taken population of vultures and eagles have substantially grown.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Til...This is a massive and vital education. I too remember the stories about the "Dodo bird." I recently read a lengthy article (maybe it was a hub, actually) about a number of extinct creatures.....

I appreciate your list of suggestions on what we can do to help prevent this malady from spreading and taking more victims....

Anything that has to do with nature, animals and our environment, surely sparks my concern and should be high priority for all of us.....

Excellent work as always, gf.............UP+++


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Amazing article. A certain wake-up call for all of us. Great information on how we can make a difference everyday.


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Ardie 3 years ago from Neverland

Mary, it breaks my heart to think that some of the animals and plant life I enjoyed as a child may be gone - kaput - by time my grandchildren roam this planet. A golden toad? A dodo bird? You can't tell me the world is a better place without those two species...and then the demise of the species' cost us the ability to keep and appreciate trees? It has to stop. Thank you for the tips - I didn't know there was anything we could do aside from donating money for habitat protection. You rock girl!


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Steve West 3 years ago from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Great hub. We humans will most likely be extinct before the creatures if we keep moving in the wrong direction that we are now. Voted up.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Vinaya, that's a perfect example of the things we need to do ....each country and climate can find it's own solutions.

It is unbelievable what we have seen (or not seen) in our own generation Effer. We can only hope people begin to realize.

Peg so many need this wake up call!

Ardie, so glad you enjoyed my hub. You know how it is, if I can touch just one person committing a wrong, it'll make it right!

Thanks Steve....I'm afraid you may be right.


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ChristyWrites 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Extinction of animals makes me sad. This hub is a great one to bring more attention to the issue. I vote up and useful. I am also sharing here and on Twitter. Thank-you for writing this one.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you Crhisty. Animals teach us so much....we need to preserve their life and surrondings. I appreciate your share.


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

You share some very timely tips and precepts for environmental protection and preventing the extinction of our animals. Thank you for sharing this vital information. whonu


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mattforte 3 years ago from Spanaway, WA

I love your article. When the Western Black Rhino was declared extinct last year, I was heartbroken. I always imagine the last of a species being all alone, dying alone..it's sad.

This is precisely one of the reasons I started fairtradeforever.com - and I'm trying to gather votes for a charity on my facebook page that will decide which animal charity to donate proceeds from Fair Trade Forever to. (One or two of said charities are actually listed in your hub) =)

Also, have you seen the image of the rhino that has 24/7 armed guards? Seeing it makes me feel lots better when I get sad about the extinctions =)


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Steve West 3 years ago from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Nice work tillsontitan!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I guess environmental protection and protecting animals go hand in hand whonu.

Matt, that's great...I mean that you've started a charity and are trying to save the animals. Yes, the rhino was sad. Thanks so much for reading.

Thanks Steve!


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Peanutritious 3 years ago from Cheshire, UK

Bravo for writing this. My heart breaks at the treatment of wildlife and their habitat. I try to do all I can to make a difference but you can feel like you're banging your head against a wall at times. This hub has restored my faith that i'm not alone in feeling this way. Thank you! Voted up and shared!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

No, Peanut, you are definitely not alone. I've always said animals cannot speak for themselves so we need to speak for them. Thanks for the vote and share, it means a lot to me and maybe we'll save an animal in the process!!


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

Up and interesting. This was an excellent hub that really drives home what is happening in the world. Even sadder is the list of animals that have become extinct and the fact that it is not complete. Hopefully it will help people act.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I agree Glimmer, the fact that animals continue to become extinct is alarming!


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

As long as there is this perception that animals and animal products are always needed, these animals will be victims. Thanks for these alternatives. Sharing!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

How right you are. We have to start looking at alternatives to animal products, particularly frivolous things like ivory bracelets and alligator bags! Thanks Michelle.


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Great hub and an important one. We are heading towards a point of no return the way we treat earth and it's creatures. We should work towards saving animals from becoming extinct.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Vellur. It is frightening to think more species will just, disappear!


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web923 3 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

Excellent and thank you!


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Hi, Mary!! This is excellent, and the suggestions apt. Thanks for sharing this...VUAI!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Sometimes we just don't think about these things Web. Thanks so much for stopping by, you are appreciated.

Michelle, I am flattered by your visit and votes.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

As an animal lover, I am concerned about this subject. I agree with your many suggestions on how each person can help.

Very near where I live, there is a "canned kill" ranch. For a huge sum of money one can go into this ranch and kill an exotic animal that is brought out to be killed just for the "sport". Makes me sick....

I voted this UP etc. and will share.


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mperrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

Great hub as usual. I'm glad you mentioned not releasing animals into the wild that don't belong there. When we are camping, we see problems with this, most recently in the Florida Keys. People have released Iguanas, and their population has grown to the point where they are killing the blue butterfly population off. Great job - voted up, interesting, useful and shared!


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Great information. I have some reservations though about donations to various entities. How do we really know it goes to where it is advertised to go?

Another thing is help in your very own neighborhood. Hahaha, you have not met the deer that live in my woods. I did all the natural things to keep them from eating my plants. It was lke sugar to them---even the hot pepper wax.

That fish they said was extinct is not and where are the rest of them hiding? So many questions.

This is a great hub to get people thinking---if the right people are reading. There is a no hunting law on our side of the mountain but yet you hear and see hunting going on here all the time. They don't have computers, they have guns.

Rated up and useful and awesome. I will be4 passing this along too.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

I loved this article!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Mary, I think those 'hunting ranches' are horrible. What chance does an animal have when he is groomed to be hunted? Thanks for the votes. I always love seeing you here.

MPerrott, I know releasing animals is becoming a problem everywhere, for the animals themselves, and for the environment. I always appreciate your comments and of course your votes and shares.

Lady Guinevere I guess we don't know for sure where our money goes unless we check out the 'entity' we're giving our money to. Deer can be very persistent, I know that for sure. Once saw one jump over a series of backyard fences to get what it wanted! Thanks for the votes and share!

Thank you Audrey.


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Suhail and my dog 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

It is unfortunate that wherever humans have landed, they have carried out mass killings of animals - Oceania, Americas, Arctic and Antarctic, etc. More recently, there is poaching of animals (as big and intelligent as tigers and rhinos) for so called medicinal usage. This is very disturbing, because governments and conservation organizations are feeling helpless and we now need to come up with a creative solution to this problem.

I have expressed my views on this matter on many sites, including Huffington Post. Many people have liked my solution, which basically revolves around creating fear factor around negative effects of using medical products made from parts of endangered animals using a worldwide publicity campaign.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I would have to agree with you Suhail...if fear is the only way to stop poachers, then we need to use fear. Thanks for reading and leaving such a great comment!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

It is so sad that there are people in this world who could care less about our animals. All they see is the money they can make from killing them and selling the parts. You have wonderful advice on how we can help. I always recyle plastics and paper and I deplore people that litter. I love it when right in front of then, I will pick up what they have thrown down, and give them "the look", you should be ashamed of yourself. Hunting ranches should be outlawed, it takes no skill to hunt like that, these people should be ashamed.

I would like to add a link to this hub on my Florida Panther hub. Voting this up, useful, interesting and sharing! Great job! :)


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vertualit 3 years ago from Bangladesh

Great tips about saving animals. Thanks for sharing..


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you so much sgbrown. We do certainly think alike. I would be honored to have you add my link and in return I will be adding yours!

Thank you vertualit.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

It's awful the way some people treat animals and don't care that they are endangered. They can't speak for themselves we have to speak for them. Voted up, shared and pinned. I was going to pin but can't find your pin button.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I totally agree moonlake. No animal should never be mistreated! I have removed my pin button until I find out for sure the issue with Pinterest owning whatever pictures you post there. Thanks for the votes and share.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Ok maybe you said this before about Pinterest and I missed it.

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