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Tips for Taking Action to Save Animals and Help Stop Extinction
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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- One quarter of all mammal species face extinction in 30 years. United Nations, http://news.bbc.co.uk/
- Human population is expected to increase by at least 50% over the next 75 years. United Nations Population Division, http://www.enviroliteracy.org/
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.
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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