NATIONAL ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY | THIRD FRIDAY IN MAY
On the third Friday in May, we celebrate National Endangered Species Day and offer an opportunity to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species.
National Endangered Species Day encourages learning about wildlife habitats and the actions necessary to protect them. The designation of a day to protect critically imperiled species from extinction is important to our ecosystems.
An endangered species is an animal or plant that is in serious risk of becoming extinct. There are many reasons why an animal or plant that contribute to extinction.
- Climate change;
- Natural disasters;
- Poor reproduction; and
- Decline is population.
The Act is administered by two federal agencies, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The FWS maintains a list of all the endangered species, which includes birds, insects, fish, reptiles, mammals, crustaceans, flowers, grasses, and trees. In late 2019, President Trump announced a major overhaul to the law that would reduce regulations. Because of this, it’s more important than ever to support the ESA.
Every year you can participate along with thousands of others at events hosted by wildlife refuges, zoos, parks, community centers, aquariums, botanical gardens, libraries, and schools.
The 40th anniversary of the Federal Endangered Species Act was observed in 2013.
SUPPORT AND PARTICIPATION
- Attend a lecture or seminar by a conservation group.
- Visit a zoo.
- Learn about endangered species.
- Donate to an endangered species organization.
- Hold a fundraiser.
- Don’t buy illegal wildlife products, such as ivory.
- Avoid unsustainable food products, such as palm oil.
- Donate to a conservation group or wildlife organization.
- Educate yourself on endangered species.
- Learn more about the Endangered Species Act.
Use #EndangeredSpeciesDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY HISTORY
President Richard Nixon signed the Federal Endangered Species Act into law on December 28, 1973. The National Endangered Species Day was enacted in 2006 by the U.S. Senate.
- Javan Rhinoceros (an estimate of 67 left).
- Mountain Gorilla (an estimate of 1100 left).
- Asian Elephant
- Sumatran Orangutans (an estimate of about 7,500 left).
- Snow Leopards (less than 4,000 left).
- Western Underground Orchid (Australia, less than 50 left).
- Philippine Pitcher plant (Philippines, less than 200 left).
- Jellyfish tree around (Seychelles, about 100 mature plants left).
- Corpse flower (Indonesia, around 1,000 left).
- Wood’s cycad (South Africa, around 300 left).