Help Save Wildlife
By 2025 as many as one fifth of all animal species may be lost, gone forever. In recent times, hundreds of species have become extinct as a result of human activities:
Habitat destruction by logging; ever-encroaching human settlement; pollution of water, soil, and air; unmanaged fishing that exhausts fish stocks; and illegal hunting to supply the demand for skins, hides, traditional medicines, food, and tourist souvenirs all threatens species' existence.
Extinction is forever. We must act now. Time is running out.
- Endangered Species
- Preserving Wildlife
- Why Save Endangered Species?
- Living in Harmony With Nature
- Habitat Destruction
- Help Save Elephants
- Wild Horses
- Save the Seals
- Save the Manatees
- Save the Whales
- Save the Dolphins
- Urban Ducks
- Sea Turtles
- Turtles & Tortoises
- Rattlesnake Roundups
- Captive Hunts
- Wildlife Services' War on Wildlife
- Bear Baiting
- Internet Hunting
- Solving Raccoon Problems
- Solving Woodchuck Problems
- Polar Bears
Endangerment is a complex issue that involves the ecosystems where species live and interact together. Measures are being taken on specific issues of endangerment, but without protecting the environments where endangered species live, these efforts will be in vane.
- Use public transportation. Walk or ride bicycles rather than using the car. Turn off lights, radios and TV's when not in use.
- Reuse paper and plastic bags. Don't allow water to run while you brush your teeth. Use water-saving devices.
- Buy products and with less packaging whenever possible. Use clothe bags at the grocery store. Recycle items you no longer use by donating them to charity. Buy organic fruits and vegetables.
- If you are going to visit Africa, do not patronize countries such as Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia, which have demonstrated their tenacity for exterminating elephants on their soil. Instead, choose to spend your tourist dollars in elephant-friendly countries such as Kenya and Uganda.
- Write to your U.S. Representative and your two U.S. Senators and tell them that you do not want your tax dollars spent on the trophy hunting of elephants. Ask them to stop funding the CAMPFIRE program. Write to The Honorable __________, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C. 20510; The Honorable __________, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. 20515.
- Write to the conservation organizations that you want to support and ask them about their policies regarding elephants. Do they support trophy hunting? Do they support the ivory trade? What is their position on exporting live elephants to zoos and circuses? Spend your well-intentioned donation wisely.
Along with the bald eagle, the bison perhaps best symbolizes the spirit of American wilderness. While many people are aware that both animals teetered on the brink of extinction in the past due to human encroachment, few realize that wild bison continue to be the victims of a calculated, annual slaughter in the Greater Yellowstone Area.
An estimated 106,000 chimpanzees live in a range of wooded habitats in the wild. They live in 21 African countries and are most concentrated in rainforest areas. They live in social groups, with numbers ranging from just a few to over 60.
- 79% of the sealers did not check to see if an animal was dead before skinning it.
- In 40% of the kills, a sealer had to strike the seal a second time, presumably because it was still conscious after the first blow or shot.
- Up to 42% of the seals they examined were likely skinned alive.
While some claim the manatee is ugly, with ‘a face only a mother could love,’ most people seem drawn to this marine creature, describing it as homely and having the appeal of a plump grandmother with flippers like oven mitts, outstretched as if inviting a hug.
- bringing sheep into a barn during lambing (when they are especially vulnerable)
- corralling livestock at night
- removing livestock carcasses before they attract coyotes, bears, or other predators.
- livestock-guarding animals
- electric fencing
- aversive conditioning of attacking predators.
- Contact your state wildlife agency. If bear baiting is legal in your state, express your outrage to state officials and to your governor.
- Write letters to the editor of newspapers in your state and contact the media to investigate.
- Submit an Op-Ed to your local newspaper.
- Attend state wildlife agency meetings and demand that steps be taken to prohibit bear baiting.
- Contact your state legislators and ask them to introduce legislation to ban this practice.
Woodchucks are harmless, comical vegetarians who are commonly sighted in suburban backyards and along roadways. Conflicts usually arise over who gets to eat the garden vegetables! Suburban landscapes provide perfect habitat for woodchucks. Our raised decks provide cover and a perfect place to raise young, and our lush lawns provide a virtual buffet. Most woodchuck conflicts occur in spring and summer, just when birthing season has begun. That's why problems need to be solved in a way that doesn't leave orphaned young behind.