Over the past 50 years numerous wild animals have become endangered. All over the world you can find animals that are in danger or on the brink of extinction due to people over-hunting/fishing, destroying their habitat or polluting; these are all serious problems that have consequences in the future. It’s impossible for you alone to solve these worldwide problems, but there are some things you can do at home to help save wild animals.
Reduce, reuse and recycle. When buying a product, go for the one with the least amount of packaging to reduce your general waste. Reusing items like bottles, shopping bags and books will also help reduce the amount of everyday items you throw away. Always where possible recycle your waste and encourage others to do so, which will lessen your contribution to the rubbish in your local landfill. It will also help you reduce the number of trees being cut down, many of which provide homes to wildlife.
Learn more about the endangered wild animals in your area. If your local nature reserve or park has animals under threat, there may be a chance for you to volunteer your spare time to help protect the animals and their habitat.
Make your garden animal-friendly. Putting a bird-feeder, bird house and bird bath in your back garden will benefit the local bird population. Stop using harmful chemicals and fertilisers, which could kill hedgehogs that eat the insects that feed on fertilised plants. Planting more trees in your garden will also increase the places for animals to find a home.
Adopt a wild animal. The Born Free Foundation, for example, allows you to adopt gorillas, elephants, sea turtles and whales, with the money going towards helping to protect the animal and its environment. You receive regular updates with a gift pack for a payment once a year; if you want to adopt an animal in a different country, do so with registered charities.
Raise funds to help save wildlife habitat. Organising a local bake sale, jumble sale and fun fair is a way to have fun and raise money for a good cause. Through charities like the World Land Trust, you can get guidance with planning your fundraiser and following where your money goes once you’ve raised it.
Boycott non animal-friendly companies and products. Fashion labels that use fur from animals, ivory from elephant tusks and skin from baby seals should be avoided as buying their clothing will only encourage them to continue using these materials. Research pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies that test their products on animals and find alternatives.
Join an organisation that promotes the conservation of wild animals and their habitat. You can get a lot of information about wild animals and how you can help and protect them. It’s a chance to meet people with the same interests as you and discuss topics close to your heart.