An endangered animal is an animal in danger of becoming extinct. When an animal becomes extinct, it no longer exists. As a result of global warming and human destructive activities, many animals, including tigers, whales and polar bears, may one day face extinction. By getting involved in conservation efforts, you can help protect animals and their ecosystems.
Voice Your Opinions
Write to your state senators and representatives, recommends Kids Planet. Learn about a specific endangered animal you'd like to help save. Ask your teacher to make writing the letters a class effort. Develop a petition in your neighbourhood for your neighbours to sign; send the petition to your senators, or even the president of the United States. Write a letter or e-mail to your local newspaper. When you voice your opinion, you can raise awareness on why it's important to conserve endangered species and their habitats.
Instead of throwing away your trash, recycle. When you recycle, you can reuse discarded materials, rather than throwing the trash into the environment. Recycling benefits wildlife by preserving natural habitats, as well as not adding to water and air pollution. Natural habitats are harmed when trees are cut down to convert into paper products. Trash thrown into landfills can leak into water or convert into harmful gases, which can harm endangered species. By recycling your paper products, cans and bottles, you can also help reduce global warming, which destroys animal habitats.
Sponsor an Animal
Through the World Wildlife Fund, you can adopt an animal or create your own Panda Page to help raise funds for conservation efforts for the WWF. If you adopt an animal, you can choose which animal you'd like to help preserve. On the Panda Pages, you can select your favourite endangered animal to save. You can have your parent help you design your web page, in an effort to spread the word about animal conservation.
Create an Environment
You can help endangered species by creating a natural habitat in your backyard, with your parents' permission. Ask if you can plant flowers or shrubs in your yard to attract birds. According to Bird Houses Info, nearly 400 species of birds are considered endangered. Hang a hummingbird or bird feeder in your backyard. Set up a birdbath. If you create a natural backyard habitat, watch the birds from a distance to keep their environment safe.
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