Today is endangered species day! Started by the United States senate, Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for people to learn more about the importance of preserving endangered species, and how we can take action to help preserve disappearing wildlife. Today is also special as it marks the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species act.
Endangered species are organisms facing a very high risk of extinction. Although the phrase is often used in a variety of contexts, it is used by conservation biologists to refer to species listed as Endangered on the Internation Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red list. Although the numbers are often changing, there are currently 3079 animals and 2655 plants that are classified as endangered worldwide. See below some country statistics for the total number of endangered species:
- Australia = 869
- Cayman Islands = 38
- China = 911
- Cuba = 312
- Indonesia = 1154
- Madagascar = 856
- Malaysia = 1196
- Mexico = 959
- United Kingdom = 82
- United States = 1203
For all countries, visit: http://www.iucnredlist.org/documents/summarystatistics/2012_2_RL_Stats_Table_5.pdf
What can you do to help ?
1) Learn about endangered species where you live.
2) Get involved! Volunteer at a local wildlife refuge, park or other open space.
3) Make your home wildlife friendly
4) Slow down when driving
5) Recycle and buy sustainable products
6) Never purchase products made from threatened or endangered species
7) Protect wildlife habitats
8) Support endangered species protection
For more information on how you can help visit: http://www.stopextinction.org/esd.html