Endangered Species Day

Endangered Species Day is May 19th. Endangered species are species of animals that are at risk of going extinct. There are many organizations that work to stop more animals from ceasing to exist. With over 42,100 species on the IUCN’s red list, charities and organizations are working hard to slow and stop the end of many plants and animals we know and love. 

The World Wildlife Fund helps prevent more species from further extinction by protecting the land the animals live on. The WWF protects a range of animals from marine animals to primates, such as the Amur Leopard, Galapagos Penguin, and the Black Spider Monkey. 

The Jane Goodall Institute works to help Chimpanzees by striving to end the trafficking of wildlife. The JGI also works to save Bees by setting up beehives and teaching people in Tanzania and Uganda how to harvest the honey for income. Bees are an essential part of agriculture, as they pollinate plants and allow them to grow fruit and vegetables. Without bees, people would have a vastly decreased amount and variety of food available to them. 

With time running out for endangered animals, plants, and insects, many environmental organizations are working very hard to help them. Endangered Species Day is a reminder that people must do what they can for both humans and animals to thrive on Earth.

Sources: World Wildlife Fund, Jane Goodall Institute, IUCN Red List, Fair Planet