Endangered Species Day

Endangered Species Day Quick Facts

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2023 DateMay 19, 2023
2024 DateMay 17, 2024
Endangered Species Day

Endangered Species Day History

Endangered Species Day seeks to raise awareness about endangered species. The term endangered means that that species is likely to become extinct in the future if nothing is done. Endangered species are typically at risk due to habitat loss, poaching, or invasive species. This day highlights the importance of conservation for endangered species. It encourages solutions and preventative measures to help sustain species at risk.

Endangered Species Day was established in 2006 by the United States Senate. It is observed annually on the third Friday of May.

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Endangered Species Day Facts

  • According to Earth Justice, there are 3 major causes for declining wildlife biodiversity:
    1) Destruction of habitat
    2) Pollution of land, air, and water
    3) Over-exploitation of wildlife
  • The UN estimates that in 2022 there are only 600 West African Giraffes left in the wild.
  • According to the International Rhino Foundation, the most endangered animal in 2022 is the Javan Rhinoceros. There are about 76 Javan rhinos currently surviving in Indonesia.
  • According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, more than 37,000 plant and animal species are threatened with extinction.
  • Biodiversity hotspots are regions around the world that contain large numbers of species that do not live anywhere else. They make up less than 2% of the Earth. Many of these regions face habitat destruction caused by human impact.

Endangered Species Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Find an event near you. You can find everything from bird walks, nature hikes, and garden plantings to zoo and aquarium events.
  • Discover 10 easy things you can do to help save endangered species.
  • Watch a movie or documentary that discusses nature and the importance of conservancy. Here are our suggestions:
    Love & Bananas (2018)
    The Lorax (2012)
    Racing Extinction (2015)

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