Endangered Species Day is a day to to recognize the conservation efforts to protect endangered species and their habitats. Every year on the third Friday in May many zoos, aquariums, parks, museums, conservation groups and other organizations hold special events to acknowledge and observe Endangered Species Day.
One of the most dynamic AZA facilities around, the Greensboro Science Center , is working alongside CARE – (Coalition of Artists for the Recognition of Endangered Species) to help tell the story of endangered and extinct species through conservation education. On Friday, visitors can meet the artists as they create their art through painting and sculpture and learn more about the endangered species right there at the GSC.
Check out what’s going on in your area on Friday by searching for events through the Endangered Species Coalition. You can also visit the U.S. Fish & Wildlife website and search for the endangered species and plants in your state or use their interactive map to learn more about and keep up with what’s going on in your state or territory.
And as you are out and about, think about what it means to be endangered. As the GSC explains, it means one step closer to extinction. And while we have all seen pictures of many endangered animals like red wolves, sea turtles, polar bears and penguins, it’s hard to imagine that a 100 years from now, a photo or painting may all be that’s left for our children and descendants to reflect upon.
Let’s do our part to learn more, and appreciate the wildlife that surrounds us all right now.
*Association of Zoos and Aquariums