Wild About Wildlife Month is celebrated in July to address the challenges we face as co-inhibitors of this planet. We are surrounded by a fragile ecosystem, which is under constant attack from powerful human and natural forces. The month also serves as a dedication to the work and progress made in the area of wildlife preservation around the world. Every year, the leading activists share the stories of successful rescues, rehabilitation, and conservation missions of wildlife. The entire month is an educational experience and calls for contributions to leading animal conservatories such as National Wildlife Federation and other national organizations.
History of Wild About Wildlife Month
Wild About Wildlife Month celebrates the beauty and importance of our wildlife and their critical role in our ecosystem. The sweltering heat of July is the perfect time to get involved in wildlife local and global conservation efforts. It is up to us to preserve the magnificent menagerie across our planet. Wild About Wildlife Month is a call to action. If we care about the frenzied fauna and the gleeful wild animals we need to do something now – because we are officially running out of time. The 2020 World Wildlife Fund Living Planet Report has concluded that the population of nearly 21,000 mammals, birds, reptiles, fishes, and amphibians has declined by an average of 68% within the last five decades. While this report is devastating for the future of our ecosystem, it also pushes us to be urgent with our actions.
There are many ways to make positive contributions to our ecosystem. Actions like running a recycling initiative, hosting community fundraising events, cleaning your surroundings, supporting wildlife conversation efforts, and educating people about embracing eco-friendly products are significant steps in the fight for conservation.
Wild About Wildlife Month is all about getting active in your community and finding ways to protect and restore degraded wildlife habitats. In the 21st century, hunting and poaching are no longer the biggest threat to wildlife conversation. Instead, it is the impact of climate change that threatens to eviscerate entire ecosystems. Through the month-long observation, we get a chance to appeal to policymakers to take action against the main contributors to climate change and plead for policies that can limit the impact of global warming on our planet.
Wild About Wildlife Month timeline
The World Wide Fund for Nature is established to preserve wilderness and limit the impact humans have on the environment.
The United States passes the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to protect U.S. species in danger of extinction.
The United Nations agrees on the first-ever international accord to protect the Earth's biological resources and diversity.
The United Nations adds more than a million species to the endangered section for the first time.
Wild About Wildlife Month FAQs
When is a species considered endangered?
The total population coming down to less than 250 mature individuals with a 50% to 70% decline in recent years is enough to classify a species as endangered.
What is the most endangered animal?
Vaquita, an aquamarine mammal found in the upper Gulf of California, is the most endangered specie currently, with only 22 mature individuals left in the world.
What is the biggest cause of wildlife extinction?
The leading causes of wildlife extinction are deforestation, over-exploitation, climate change, invasive species, and nitrogen pollution.
How to Observe Wild About Wildlife Month
Sponsor an animal
World Wildlife Fund has an entire catalog of the best, most exciting animals that deserve your love and support. You can adopt or sponsor any animal you want for a starting price of $25. The money collected via sponsorships aids in the global operations of the organization.
Support a fundraiser
Many great local and national organizations do critical on-the-ground work to safeguard the wildlife. Chuck the morning latte for the entire month of July and throw in the saved dollars at a fundraiser of your choice.
Clean your local parks
Summer is all about long picnics in the park, camping in the wild, hiking on the hills, and swimming in the ocean. The increased human activity creates a danger of increased littering which hurts the native plants and animals of the habitat. This July, take up a pledge to leave no waste behind and pay attention to the common litterers around you.
5 Wildlife Conservation Stories That’ll Inspire You To Take Action
The whales of the Atlantic
After facing near-extinction due to hunting in the ‘70s, the conversation efforts have brought back the whale numbers to their pre-70s state.
The beavers of England
The extinction of beavers in the U.K. has reversed since 2008 with a small family building a new habitation in the country.
The gorillas of Africa
The population of Africa has increased from 48 in 2010 to over 100 in 2016.
The gray wolves of America
The population of gray wolves has gone from 300 in 1960 to nearly 5,400 in 2010.
The tigers of India
India’s wild tiger population has seen a 33% increase since conservation efforts began in 2010.
Why Wild About Wildlife Month is Important
It’s an urgent appeal
The devastating reports of the current state of our ecosystem are a wake-up call for all of us. We need robust government intervention, global scientific alliances, and the participation of people to have a chance at survival. Wild About Wildlife Month brings people in power together and inspires the forces on the ground to act.
It offers solutions
Wild About Wildlife Month encourages individual participation. We must protect our planet’s wildlife by following the lead of activists and participating in wildlife conservation initiatives. We must also spread the word about the most vulnerable animals in the world and educate as many people as possible about how we can save our ecosystem.
It shares the progress being made
The improved energy absorption of thin solar panels produced record energy efficiency in 2022. The conservation efforts in China have officially scooped pandas out of the endangered list. Results like this signify that progress is possible. There are plenty of strides being made in wildlife, and Wild About Wildlife shares it with the world.
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