Source: Unsplash/Todd Cravens. Yellowstone Park, United States

Celebrating Endangered Species Day with a Good Book

Kindness to Animals Is Now More Important than Ever

Endangered Species Day takes place on the third Friday of each May (May 19, 2017).

The Endangered Species Act, enacted in 1973 and signed into law by President Richard Nixon, helped set up guidelines in the U.S. for protecting endangered species by categorizing them as threatened or extinct and creating protections to prevent them from being hunted or fished.

Here is an A to Z list of current endangered species including animals that are critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable, and more.

According to WildEarth Guardians, “the current extinction rate is at least 1,000 times the historical rate indicated by the fossil record. This mass extinction crisis is due to habitat destruction, climate change, pollution, exploitation, proliferation of non-native species and other threats.”

If you are interested in learning more about wildlife and the stories of committed individuals trying to support them, there are many great books that have been written.

“All good things are wild and free.”
 — Henry David Thoreau

The following list of books will hopefully get your heart pumping to make a difference is the lives of animals and endangered species around the world.

Loving Wildlife

Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina. This book is filled with great stories that combine science and sensitivity. The author provides excellent coverage of elephants, wolves, and whales. He makes the case that animals are not only “friends” but are also “family.”

The author shares his recommendations for consideration for contributing to organizations that “work on the front lines to keep these creatures with us” including: Save the Elephants, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Amboseli Trust for Elephants, Big Life Foundation, the Yellowstone Park Foundation, and the Center for Whale Research.

Love, Live, and Elephants: An African Love Story by Dame Daphne Sheldrick. Great story. I have been wanting to read this book for a long time now. If you love animals you will love this book.

The book opens with this quote…”What we are is God’s gift to us; what we become is our gift to God.” — Anonymous

This book is certainly a great gift from the author to us!

Wildlife Law and Ethics: A U.S. Perspective Edited by Yolanda Eisenstein and Bruce Wegman. Chapters from some of the country’s most knowledgeable and experienced wildlife lawyers and advocates focus on the significant and often unrealized power of U.S. law to influence wildlife protections around the world. A behind the scenes look at elephants, great apes, captive wild animals, and more. An informative and accessible resource for lawyers, scholars, and anyone who cares about the future of wildlife.

“I am sometimes asked ‘Why do you spend so much of your time and money talking about kindness to animals when there is so much cruelty to men?’ I answer: ‘I am working at the roots.”

— George T. Angell, 1823–1909

Coloring for Conservation

There are a number of coloring books based on animals which contribute a portion of their sales revenue to conservation organizations. So grab those pencils and color for conservation.

Here are some of my favorite books that are worth considering for purchase that do just that:

Elegant Elephants Coloring Book by Marjorie Sarnat. This book is not just elegant…it is exquisite. There are 30 elephant images to color from this best-selling coloring book author. A portion of the proceeds benefits 96 Elephants.

Endangered: Animals to Color by Craig Norton is sponsored by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). These are not the typical animals you see in animal-themed coloring books. Instead, you’ll find unique portraits to color featuring the Sumatran Elephant, Red Wolf, California Condor, Bluefin Tuna, Galapagos Penguin, Green Turtle, Snow Leopard, Sea Lion, Monarch Butterfly, Brown Bear, Narwhal, and many more. Each illustration is accompanied by vital facts about the animal, such as geographic location, habitat, population, and reasons for its decline. A true beauty. A portion of the proceeds benefits IFAW.

Magical Animals Coloring Book by Samantha Snyder shares 50 unique designs displayed alphabetically from A to Z and including an alligator, bird, cat, dog, elephant, giraffe, panda, rhino, turtle, unicorn, zebra, and more that are sure to inspire the inner child. A portion of the proceeds from Doodle Art Alley Books benefits conservation organizations on an ongoing basis including the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

“The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous; it is indissolubly connected with the fate of men.”

— Emile Zola, 1840–1902

Happy Wildlife Day…today and every day!

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