5 Easy Actions You Can Take to Help Animals on Endangered Species Day

Endangered Species Day takes place every year on the third Friday in May. It's the perfect opportunity to take a few moments to give a voice to our fellow earthlings who are struggling to survive on the Big Blue Marble. There are so many species that need increased protection from poaching, habitat destruction and other threats from humans.

Here are five that could use your support.

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Credit: Christine Majul

Red Wolves

There are only 90-100 red wolves living in the wild, and only in one place on Earth: in and around a federal wildlife refuge in North Carolina. Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to keep the Red Wolf Recovery Program intact. (National Wildlife Federation).

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Credit: John & Karen Hollingsworth/USFWS

Gray Wolves

Three bills in Congress — H.R. 884, H.R. 843 and the recent H.R. 1985 — are seeking to delist the gray wolf from protection under the Endangered Species Act in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Washington, Utah and Oregon. "These efforts to insert Congress into what should be a science-based decision are grossly inappropriate and threaten the future of endangered species in the United States," asserts the nonprofit Defenders of Wildlife. "Delisting an endangered species this way sets a terrible precedent and leaves the Endangered Species Act vulnerable to an endless succession of congressional delisting attacks." Tell your representatives to oppose these bills. (Defenders of Wildlife)

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Credit: Derek Keats

African Elephants

One elephant is slaughtered every 15 minutes to supply the demand for ivory; that's 15 elephants who lose their lives every single day. According to a landmark analysis, poachers killed 100,000 elephants in just three years. In only a decade, Central Africa has lost 64 percent of its elephants. And this brutal business not only supplies the demand for ivory trinkets in Asia, reports show that it fuels organized crime and terrorism around the globe. The United States is major part of this wildlife crime and its effects, as the nation is the world's second largest market for ivory. Tell the FWS to stand with President Obama's pledge to end the ivory trade. (World Wildlife Fund)

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Credit: Kool Cats Photography

Bengal Tigers

There are fewer than 1,500 Bengal tigers left in the wild in India, and their numbers continue to plummet due to poaching, habitat destruction and human conflict. Some scientists estimate that the tiger will be extinct in the wild within five years, unless something changes. And yet, the Indian state of Maharashtra has just given the Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra permission to clearcut over 96,300 acres of critical tiger habitat. Tell Praveen Pardeshi, Maharashtra’s Principal Forests Secretary, to stop this destructive plan, which would log a dense forest between two reserves that are home to at least 50 wild tigers and their cubs. (Change.org)

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Credit: Barney Moss


Under pressure from special interests in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, the Fish and Wildlife Service backtracked on its previous 2013 decision to protect the endangered wolverine under the ESA. Tell FWS president Dan Ashe to listen to science and protect wolverines from extinction by giving them the Endangered Species Act protections they deserve. (Endangered Species Coalition)

What else can we do to help threatened and endangered animals? What species are you fighting for? Share your thoughts in the comments!


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