We Can Save Animals from Extinction

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) recently conducted a survey and the results were staggering but hopeful.

The survey found:

  • Many Americans (40%) recognize there have been government reductions to conserve wildlife and protect the environment – and the majority (80%) are extremely unhappy about it.
  • Two out of three Americans have never taken action to help stop reduced federal government support. BUT 87% say they are willing to help save animals from extinction.
  • On average, those willing to help save endangered species would donate $15, volunteer 8 hours and travel 300 miles each month to help.
  • Younger Americans (18-34) are willing to do even more through donations and volunteer hours
  • Americans aren’t sure what action is most effective to help save animals from extinction.
  • Some Americans (39%) believe donating to a wildlife conservation organization is most effective for helping save animals from extinction, while fewer feel making their yard more animal-friendly (18%) or contacting an elected official (17%) is most effective.

“The American people understand that protections for endangered species and wildlife conservation programs are under attack, but are unsure how to help,” said Dan Ashe, AZA President and CEO. “The recent loss of Sudan – the last male Northern white rhino – is a clear reminder that we are living in the midst of another mass extinction. The time to take action is now.”

Additional research by AZA found that 90 percent of Americans agree zoos and aquariums have animal exhibits so that people can learn about animals they may never see in the wild. However, many visitors are not aware of the many other opportunities to support endangered species through AZA and AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums, like Reid Park Zoo.

Top Ways to Protect Endangered Species

  • Voice Your Concerns. Currently, several pieces of legislation have been introduced in Congress that would reduce support for endangered species. Americans can raise their voices today against these efforts and others at aza.org.
  • Visit a Zoo or Aquarium. Americans may be willing to travel 300 miles to help save endangered species, but with Reid Park Zoo centrally located, you don’t need to. To celebrate Earth Day, join us on Sunday, April 22 for Party for the Planet™ and learn more about how you can help save wild animals and wild places.
  • Volunteer Your Time. Zoos and aquariums offer many unique opportunities to assist staff, educate guests and much more. Visit our website to see how you can get involved at Reid Park Zoo.
  • Make Your Yard Wildlife Friendly. Critical pollinators like monarch butterflies, honey bees, and hummingbirds are going extinct. You can do your part by making your backyard a haven for pollinators. Learn how.