Human behaviours largely contribute to the state of wildlife around the globe. Between poaching, habitat destruction and climate change, endangered animals are at risk of becoming extinct if action is not taken to help save these dwindling wildlife populations. For those who want to contribute to the health and protection of these animals, there are some ways to exercise your care and support for these creatures that are in danger of being gone forever.
Education is perhaps the most important tool in protecting at-risk animals from becoming endangered or even extinct. Programs in schools, the workplace and the community can focus on how these animals become endangered and what that means for society and the environment. Knowing why this is dangerous to humans and the earth can be instrumental in correcting old behaviours. From a young age, understanding the threat of animal extinction can help people to consider how their actions and behaviours affect endangered species.
Another crucial way to protect endangered animals is to do as much as possible to lessen the impact on their habitats. Species can be wiped out by having their homes demolished for human use. For example, the lion-tailed macaque is native to the rainforests of southwest India. They are endangered because their habitats are threatened by the construction of plantations for tea and coffee. Wildlife protection agencies have attorneys and advisers that develop strategies to prevent these and other industries from doing damage to habitats all over the world.
Climate change refers to the changing of weather patterns, mostly in regards to human behaviour. This can often be the result of different types of pollution. Climate change can affect animal populations. For example, the rising in temperatures can cause glaciers to melt and displace species, such as polar bears and arctic foxes. One way to battle these effects is to consider your carbon footprint. This includes switching to green energy sources like solar power and planting trees to reduce carbon dioxide levels in the air.
A more actionable way to help against animal extinction is to contribute your funds to organisations dedicated to protecting them. These organisations, such as the World Wildlife Fund and Save Animals from Extinction Worldwide, work to promote endangered and extinct animal awareness, protest the development of businesses or individuals that seek to damage their habitats and fund wildlife sanctuaries where endangered animals can be preserved. If you are not able to contribute money, there are also ways to offer your time or services through these organisations.