Today is Endangered Species Day in the U.S. It also marks the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, which has done a huge part in protecting our nation’s wildlife, fish, and plants.
What leads a species to become endangered or extinct?
For the most part, humans. We are cutting into their territories and leaving them homeless to build roads, buildings, etc. without any thought as to co-existing. Many wildlife, such as elephants, are killed by local farmers to ‘protect their crops’, while others are killed by hunters for their skin or tusks.
Why do we need these plants and animals?
We need these plant and animal species because they are all part of a huge ecosystem that helps keep us alive. From this ecosystem we receive economical sustainability, the potential for new medicines, nature’s response to climate control, and so much more.
Three out of the four subspecies of gorillas are on the critically endangered list. The fourth is endangered. This is why Green Gorilla Movers donates a portion of our proceeds to The Gorilla Organization to help save their species. In honor of today, we wanted to highlight some of the other animal and plant species that are endangered around the world, as well as here in Travis County. Here are a few:
Tigers – Critically Endangered – There are less than 3,200 wild Tigers left in the world.
North Atlantic Right Whale – Critically Endangered – Whales are a very important part of marine life. 7 out of 13 whale species are endangered.
Tiburon Mariposa Lily – Endangered – This beautiful lily is in the California/Nevada region of the U.S. and faces extinction.
Barton Springs Salamander – Endangered – This amazing, lungless creature lives only in Austin’s Barton Springs and we are at risk of losing it.
Red Fox – Critically Endangered – This beautiful animal calls Texas home.
What can you do to help?
Check out organizations like the World Wildlife Fund, National Wildlife Federation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Texas Parks and Wildlife for more information on what you can do to help. ‘Like’ their Facebook pages to stay current on what they are doing and educated on the animals that need help. Together we can make a difference!