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Wouldn’t it be great if there was a whole day dedicated to endangered species around the world? Wait, there IS such a thing! This Friday is Endangered Species Day – the whole day is for these animals to get the attention they need and to create awareness about who they are, where they live, and why they are endangered. Endangered Species Day is celebrated in the United States every year on the 3rd Friday in May. Now that you know there is a special day to celebrate endangered animals, here are some ways to celebrate. First, you can talk to a teacher or librarian to see if they could help support you in getting the word out. You could have some informational booths set up at school about different endangered species around the world and reasons why they are in decline. You could also get a club at your school to sponsor a movie night and show one of the Disney Nature movies. As a fundraiser, you could sell popcorn and drinks and send that money to the Zoo or Wildlife Refuge since they work with many of these endangered animals.
You could also do something as simple as making a few changes in your home to help these species. Practicing using less water when you bathe or shower and brush your teeth would be a great idea. The Texas Blind Salamander is endangered due to the overuse of water in the aquifers that they live in San Marcos.
Another idea would be to volunteer at a wildlife refuge or wildlife rescue center. These places could really use the help and they work directly with many of these endangered animals. You could volunteer just once a week and truly make a difference for the wildlife in your area.
There is also a pretty easy way to get the word out really fast – social media. You can advertise this day of awareness with pictures of your favorite endangered animal or captions that tell about Endangered Species Day.
One last thing you can do is to go out to your local wildlife refuge, Zoo, aquarium or other place that works with wildlife on Endangered Species Day. Most of these places will have events and activities planned out to spread the word about these animals and what you can do to help them. Maybe next Endangered Species Day, you can be the one handing out information and teaching others about what they can do to help our animals in the wild.