WE NEED TO DO MORE
In general, non-profit and government conservation organizations know what to do, but lack the necessary funding and support. Every bit counts, no matter how small or indirect it may seem. Pick an animal, learn about it, find ways to celebrate it, and help protect it. You can GIVE YOUR TIME to help animals by doing what you can to protect the environment in and around your home home and in your daily life by recycling, saving energy, making your backyard wildlife friendly; by volunteering for a local nature conservancy or conservation organization; by taking the time to find an international conservation organization whose work appeals to you and by getting involved or making a donation.
Get involved in Conservation: learn, celebrate, and protect.
LEARN from the scientists who study endangered plants and animals. Visit the website of the IUCN, International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The IUCN Species Survival Commission Specialist Groups include over 10,000 volunteer scientists and animal experts; the information they gather is used by conservation groups worldwide.
CELEBRATE your favorite animal. Theme a party around an endangered species; visit a zoo, aquarium, sanctuary, nature center, or national park; watch a web cam; watch a video, documentary or animal-themed show; if you have kids, encourage them to play animal games. Buy something featuring your favorite animal, a book, T-shirt, tote bag, or piece of fine art. Find an artist who is involved in conservation and purchase their work so they can keep going. Or check out the art for sale in our Shop.
PROTECT your favorite animal and its habitat. Join a group working to conserve it through social media or your local community; make a donation to a conservation organization - such as CREATURE CONSERVE. Or, make your backyard wildlife and bee-friendly (ditch the monoculture grass lawn and save on lawn care at the same time) and encourage a friend to do so as well; recycle; save energy. Or, if you know someone who has recently purchased a parrot, piece of ivory or tortoise shell jewelry, or has had their photo taken with a tiger, or has eaten shark fin soup or pangolin meat at a wedding, let them know the species the product came from is in deep trouble. Maybe next time they will think twice before making the purchase.
As the conservationist Baba Dioum famously said,
"We will protect only what we love, love only what we understand, and understand only what we are taught."