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Help animals all around the world
There are many species of animals all around the world that need help. As human population grows, conflicts with wildlife and people are increasing as both compete for food and living space. Many animals have been either squeezed into small pockets of wild lands or are on the brink of extinction entirely. In areas where people, themselves, struggle to make a day to day living, protection of animals becomes even more difficult as people often hunt or trap these animals for food or money. As some animals get even more rare, greed sometimes takes over as animals are poached for the increasing price tag that rarity brings.
But, there are organizations and people who have found some ways to deal with both the increasing loss of habitat and the increasing human population. One thing that many organizations realize is that helping wildlife also means working hand in hand with local peoples. They try to find ways to both protect the animals without taking away anything from the people in the area. The steps they make are small, but significant.
I hope I can both inform and inspire people to take notice in people and organizations around the world who help wildlife. I also plan to give a few ideas as to how people can help on their own.
Photo by Derek Keats
Here are some items on helping endangered wildlife or just on wildlife in general. I tried to pick items that would educated and motivate people to help endangered animals across the globe.
This is not only a book about animals, it's also a travel book for ecotourists. This isn't your usual endangered species book. It contains many photographs of animals that aren't in the "conservation mainstream". Many of the animals in the book aren't commonly known.
The World Wildlife Fund is the premier wildlife preservation organization. This book explains how the WWF started and how their mission has expanded.
Ideas to support wildlife conservation
Here are some ideas for helping wildlife around the globe, some of which you don't even have to travel outside your home country to do so. (But, if you want to travel, that's fine, too). Not all these ideas involve money, but to be honest, some of them do.
- Give money to a world-wide conservation organization. I have listed a few of them below. Be sure to research your charity thoroughly before giving money to make sure they are doing what you want them to do. I have listed several world-wide charities below.
- Become an eco-tourist. In many parts of the world, people are more likely to be supported of conservation activities if they view their wildlife and natural habitats as an asset, not a liability. Tour an area that where wildlife is struggling. Be sure to visit only areas open to the public and follow all rules and guides' instructions when doing so.
- Volunteer for a local organization. You are part of the global community and there's no shame to taking care of the wildlife around your area.
- Support eco-friendly products. The United States and Europe import many products from all around the world, some of which is not eco-friendly. Research and buy products from companies which use eco-friendly production and farming techniques.
Endangered species around the world
This poster lists endangered species from all around the world in a beautiful way. This is a great reminder as to the wildlife in the world that needs help. Of course, it nowhere lists all the animals needing assistance. It shows there are endangered animals all over the globe.
Links to suggested charities
Here are a few links to worldwide charities that support helping wildlife worldwide. If you would like me to add others, let me know in the guestbook below. The charities I would like to keep listed on this site should be well established, upfront with their finances, and have a track record of helping wildlife.
- Elsa Conservation Trust
This is the Elsa Conservation Trust set up by Joy Adamson with the proceeds from her book. They help animals worldwide as well as locally.
- WWF - Endangered Species Conservation | World Wildlife Fund
World Wildlife Fund - The leading organization in wildlife conservation and endangered species. Learn how you can help WWF make a difference.
- Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)
WWT is a leading UK conservation organisation saving wetlands with nine UK wetland visitor centres, consulting and conservation teams working worldwide.
- Conservation International
Through innovative approaches to conservation science, partnership and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to value and protect the natural world that sustains us all.
- Natural Resources Defense Council - The Earth's Best Defense | NRDC
NRDC: The Natural Resources Defense Council works to protect wildlife and wild places and to ensure a healthy environment for all life on earth. NRDC is the earth's best defense.
- Wildlife Conservation Society
This is a long established conservation group that has a good track record of helping animals come back from extinction.
- George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust
Originally set up in 1979 to help the lions in the Kora Reserve, this trust expanded to other areas in East Africa
American animals need help, too!
Don't neglect animals and birds in your own neighborhood (or hemisphere). Red knots are one of the animals that need international help because they migrate through several countries throughout the western hemisphere. By helping animals internationally, one can also help animals locally.
Photo in this module provided by the US Fish and Wildlife Endangered Species
Got any suggestions or ideas on how to help the world's wildlife? Or, do you have a general comment? Feel free to post it below.