Honor Endangered Species Day on May 18th

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Honor Endangered Species Day on May 18th

Endangered Species Day

Every year, 27,000 species (three every hour) become extinct because of over population, destruction of natural habitats, use of pesticides, pollution and illegal hunting and trading.  Since 1996, scientists calculate that 124 types of amphibians, 1,108 types of birds, 734 types of fish, 1,096 types of mammals, and 253 types of reptiles have become endangered, and recently, the rate of species dying out has increased dramatically. YOU can be the change that keeps these creatures alive and protects them from being endangered.


  • Participate in Endangered Species Day in your state on May 18th.
  • Show your support for endangered species on Facebook and Twitter by replacing your profile picture or avatar on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ with a picture of your favorite species.
  • Tweet about Endangered Species Day using the hashtag #ESDay

Why It Matters

Endangered Species Day LogoEndangered species are animals or plants that are soon to die out, never to be seen again on this earth. According to ItsNature.org, among the species that have already become extinct are the Dodo Bird, British Wolf, Javan Tiger, North African Elephant, Pig-footed Bandicoot and Japanese Sea Lion.

In 2006, the U.S. Senate passed the first Endangered Species Day to help bring attention to our nation’s endangered species. This day, the third Friday in May, is an opportunity for people to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and we can take action to help protect our nation’s disappearing wildlife and last remaining open spaces.

Every year, thousands of people throughout the country honor Endangered Species Day at parks, wildlife refuges, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, libraries, schools and community centers. You can participate in festivals, field trips, park tours, community clean-ups, film showings, classroom presentations, and many other fun and educational activities.

This Endangered Species Day, show your support for threatened and endangered species by sharing it with others (Twitter, Facebook, email, etc.) and by participating in events in your area. Visit  StopExtinction.org today.

About Author

Mel FreerMel has been an active cause scout and BTC contributor since June 2011. She made her writing debut during our October-long campaign against puppy mills. Mel’s yellow lab, Daisy, is rescued mill dog – #201. Mel is a former pet sitter and dog walker from St Paul, Minnesota. Before becoming a pet sitter, she volunteered at the Minnesota Valley Humane Society (MVHS) for 8 years as a dog walker and Star program trainer. In her time at MVHS, she fostered 4 dogs, failing with three – Daisy, Jasper and Lady (her present dogs). She also has a cat, named Nick. Visit Mel at http://nodogaboutit.wordpress.com/.View all posts by Mel Freer →

  1. Molly Mednikow
    Molly Mednikow05-23-2012

    Thank you so much for raising awareness about the plight of endangered species. Amazon CARES is a domestic animal charity. However, due to our location in the Amazon Rainforest, we are very aware of wildlife issues, and much of our Humane Education material for children focuses on the importance of leaving wildlife free in their natural habitat. I am continually amazed by the scope of the Be The Change for Animals Blog. You do amazing work. THANK YOU!

  2. Gerrard Larriett Petcare
    Gerrard Larriett Petcare08-12-2012

    I didn’t know that the ratio of species being extinct is that much. I feel really bad. Is there any way to help save these species? What organization should I come to?

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