Endangered Species Day

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With less than 4,000 left in the wild, tigers are in real danger of extinction. You can make a difference in saving tigers.

  • Share your love of tigers and spread the word about the threats they face.
  • Do not purchase products that put tigers at risk and encourage others not to, either.
  • Support programs like the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy that fund conservation work to help save tigers.
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11 photos that prove tigers have a softer side
July 29 is International Tiger Day, a holiday that raises awareness of their endangered status and advocates a global system for conserving their natural habitats.
 
While tigers are known for their striking stripes, massive size, barbed tongues, razor sharp teeth and predatory instinct, it’s also important to recognize how cute and lovable they can be. Here are just a few photos demonstrating the gentle side of these beautiful creatures.

See all the photos.

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Gypsym Addiction

For Endangered Species Day we want to highlight the dwarf bearclaw poppy, which has been a federally listed endangered species since 1979. A plant or animal is listed as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 when it is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. 

The dwarf bearclaw poppy (Arctomecon humilis), is a gypsophile or gypsum-loving plant, having a distinct preference for the gypsum rich soils found in the upper layers of the geologic Moenkopi Formation. It is endemic- or found only in a certain locality or region — to Washington County, Utah, growing at elevations between 2,600 and 3,300 feet. Today, there are only five small populations of dwarf bearclaw poppy remaining, all within a ten mile radius of St George, Utah! 

Photo: Melissa Buchmann, Recreation Intern for BLM-Utah

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Happy World Wildlife Day!

We celebrate wildlife today and every day on our nation’s public lands. More than 3,000 species of wildlife call BLM-managed lands home - that’s a backyard of more than 245 million acres in 23 states, dispersed over ecologically-diverse and essential habitat.

Enjoy a few of our favorite wildlife photos from your public lands!

Did you know that today is Endangered Species Day, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the federal Endangered Species Act? We rescue, study and care for many endangered species at the Aquarium, in cooperation with government agencies. These include snowy plovers, sharks, sea otters, penguins, rockfish and albatross. How will you celebrate this special day?

Learn about all our research and conservation efforts.

There are only about 1,500 golden lion tamarins left in the coastal rain forests of Brazil. 

Habitat loss and fragmentation, capture for the pet trade and hunting have caused a serious decline of populations of these animals. The tamarins found here at National Aquarium are part of a conservation program that is working to successfully re-introduce golden lion tamarins back into their native home. Learn more about these animals in our Endangered Species Day blog post

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Happy World Lion Day! In honor of this very special occasion, the members of Big Cat Network would like to encourage everyone to do what you can to help the plight of lions everywhere!

Here are some handy resources you can use to help:

Help with money

Donate to WWF IndiaAdopt through Lion Conservation Fund
Donate to Lion Conservation Fund
Donate to Build a Boma
Donate to Big Cats Initiative
Donate to Panthera
Adopt through Lion Guardians
Donate to Lion Guardians
Donate to Ruaha Carnivore Project
Donate to African Parks
Donate to Uganda Conservation Foundation
Donate to Ewaso Lions
Donate to Gorongosa Lion Project
Donate to/Adopt through The Lions of Gir Foundation - (Asiatic Lion Specific)
Donate to Niassa Lion Project
Donate to Uganda Carnivore Program
Donate to Lion Alert
Donate to Lion Aid
Donate to Rebuilding the Pride
Adopt through The AfriCat Foundation
Donate to The AfriCat Foundation
Donate to Conservation Lower Zambezi
Donate to Walking For Lions
Donate to Predator Conservation Trust
- Big Cat info for kids!

You can also donate to or adopt from your favorite sanctuary and/or accredited zoo!

Petitions to sign

- Save African lions from extinction by listing them as an endangered species!
- Save Lions Now TAKE ACTION!
- President of Kenya: Please Declare Poaching a - National Disaster (Gore warning)
Make Poaching of Endangered Animals an -Internationally Punishable Crime
Start your own petition!

Videos to watch

Desert Lion Conservation
- Lives of Lions

Endangered Species Coalition:

TODAY WE STAND FOR WOLVES

Today we howl at noon! The National Day of Action for wolves is your chance to tell your friends, neighbors, coworkers, and most of all Secretary Jewell and President Obama that we stand for wolves.

There are events planned at locations around the U.S. including in Washington, D.C. where people are gathering outside the White House. You can attend, or take part from your home or office too!

  1. Wear gray for gray wolves. And tell people about it! That gray linen jacket looks even better when it’s being worn in support of America’s wolves.
  2. Get a sign. Here are great full-color signs here you can print, but a sharpie, some (recycled) copy paper and your message of support saying you #StandForWolves is beautiful and all your own. 
  3. Howl at noon! Even if it’s just you at your desk or standing in line at the deli and you howl so quietly it can’t be heard—howl your support for wolves! You know why you care, howl about it!
  4. Get a pic. Selfie with a wolf-mask on? Great. Your whole office in the break room holding signs? Amazing. Whatever you do, get a pic and get it to us. We’ll make sure Secretary Jewell and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service hears you!
  • Tweet it! Use the hashtag #StandForWolves and we’ll add it to the pack.
  • Email it! We have a page for that. You can reply to this email with the subject line I #StandForWolves and we’ll get that too.
  • Post it to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stopextinction Use the hashtag #StandForWolves there too please.
  1. Tweet that you #StandForWolves to @SecretaryJewell and post your message to the Interior Department’s Facebook page.

No matter what you’re doing to Stand for Wolves you have my gratitude and support. Please keep us posted on your efforts and check www.standforwolves.org for updates and more ways you can keep the pressure on to keep wolves protected.

Thank you for your commitment to wildlife and wild places.

Sincerely,

Leda Huta


Executive Director
Endangered Species Coalition

The Internet’s most famous cats team up to save tigers
Lil Bub, Princess Monster Truck, Nala Cat and Hamilton the Hipster Cat teamed up with Greenpeace on International Tiger Day to launch Cats Save Tigers, a social media campaign that promotes awareness about the plight of tigers.
 
With only 3,000 tigers left in the wild, the campaign calls on cat owners to create their own cat memes and share them with the hashtag #CatsSaveTigers to spread the word about this endangered species.

Watch the video and learn how to make your own tiger-saving cat meme.