The growing list of endangered species points to a global crisis that threatens the future of several plants and animals—a number that is, sadly, increasing. Protecting animals is a worldwide issue, but small changes can make a difference. Supporting conservation efforts, protecting ecosystems, and advocating for animals are all efforts that can help save and protect endangered species. Here are a few ways you can help endangered species locally and globally
Learn About Locally Endangered Species
Teach your friends and family about the incredible species in your area. An essential step to protecting endangered species is learning about important they are. Our natural world provides vital services, including clean air and water, food and medicinal sources, and commercial, aesthetic, and recreational benefits.
Support a National Wildlife Refuge or Sanctuary
These protected areas provide habitat to wildlife, birds, fish, and plants. Experts state that the best way to protect endangered species is to protect the places where they reside. Get involved by volunteering at your local nature center or wildlife refuge. Go wildlife or bird watching in nearby parks. Wildlife-related recreation creates millions of jobs and supports local businesses.
Purchasing recycled paper or sustainable products like bamboo are easy ways to make a change. In addition, you should recycle your cell phones since a mineral used in cell phones is mined in gorilla habitats. Lastly, minimize your use of palm oil because forests, where tigers live are being cut down to plant palm plantations.
Increasing the plant population attracts native insects like bees and butterflies, which help pollinate your plants. The spread of non-native species has significantly impacted native species worldwide. The issue is that invasive species begin to compete with native species for resources and habitat space. The worst-case scenario is that they can prey on native species, forcing native species towards extinction.
Protect Wildlife Habitat
Perhaps the most significant threat that many species face is habitat destruction. Experts say the best way to protect endangered species is to protect their homes. Wildlife like us need places to find food, shelter and raise their young, but practices such as logging, oil and gas drilling, over-grazing, and development all result in habitat destruction. Endangered species’ habitats should be protected so that impacts can be minimized.