Six of the world's seven sea turtle species are listed as endangered. It is thought only 1 in 1000 hatchlings will survive to reach sexual maturity at 30 years of age, due to anthropogenic threats.
Migratory marine species like manta rays, hammerheads and porbeagle sharks are now protected under CITES Appendix 2. But protection is sometimes hard to enforce.
Especially those supporting the protection and conservation of ecosystems, upon which threatened and endangered species depend.
We are living in a time when human impact on the environment is of global concern. Learn how interesting and important wildlife is, and the services they provide our daily life. Raise awareness and help spread the message that we need them alive.
Demand for endangered species products is tremendously high. Many are illegal. Tortoise shell combs are made from hawksbill sea turtles. Ivory products are carved from the tusks of elephants, whales, and narwhals. Many medicines are made from manta rays, rhinos and tigers. Reduce demand for these products by choosing not to purchase them.
Rainforests are cleared for wood to create furniture. Forests where wildlife live are burned for palm oil. Eco-friendly products are products that do not harm the environment, in their production, use or disposal. They promote green living that help to conserve energy and prevent air, water and noise pollution.
Dive with sharks. Trek to gorillas. Demonstrate the animals are worth more alive than dead, and that income from tourism can benefit the entire community through services like, accommodation, transportation and food/beverage.
There are many organisations working constantly to fight for the survival of endangered species, such as World Wildlife Fund, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the Defenders of Wildlife. Support their work through donations or signing their petitions and spreading their campaigns.