10 Ways To Save Wildlife And Why We Should


Without animals and plants, our lives would not be possible. I wanted to share ten ideas on how we can save wildlife.

The term wildlife doesn’t only address wild animals but all undomesticated animals including birds and insects. To ensure the ecosystem is balanced correctly, all living animals should be protected and saved. 

How to Save Wildlife

Here are ten of the best ways to save wildlife and ensure they stay part of us now, and for future generations. 

Volunteering

There are many ways to save wildlife, but one of the most satisfying is to volunteer. There are many organizations with volunteer programs.

There are many ways to volunteer, and not all of them need to be through an organization. You can help to clean beaches, hedgerows and woodland.

You can also volunteer to teach visitors about wildlife at your local animal sanctuary or provide help rescuing wild animals. 

Caribou
Male Caribou grazing in Autumn Tundra, Alaska Range

Volunteering gives you an option to stay close to wild animals while at the same time interacting with them. This gives you and others a better understanding of them, helping us to live harmoniously with them.

Adopting

Many organizations have an adoption program, with money going towards a specific animal or species.

If you are in school, you can ask classmates to help, adopting an animal as a class animal. If you are working, speak to colleagues about adopting an animal, or even family members.

There are many wildlife conservation groups where you’re money will help protect species for the future.

Squirrel is eating food

Visit Wildlife Conservations

The other way you can save wildlife is by visiting zoos, national parks, wildlife refuge and aquariums.

Wildlife can be protected greatly using the money raised through tourism, although tourism can also have adverse effects on wildlife. Always ensure that any trip is to a place that puts their animals first.

People have a love/hate relationship with zoos, but they play an essential part in ensuring that animal species survive. Just do some research before visiting them to ensure the money they make goes to the right places.

Preserve Wildlife Habitat

Another way you can save wildlife is by making sure you spare their habitat any time you come across them. For this reason, take care of rivers, wetlands, forests, prairies and everywhere else that gives animals a home.

A habitat is a place where wildlife and other living things find favorable conditions to reproduce, thrive and survive away from predators and adverse weather conditions.

The best way to save their habitat is by not polluting waters, the environment and not cutting down trees in forests.

Black Bear resting in a tree with rear paw up and tongue sticking out, Alaska.

In most cases, when the situation is threatened or their habitat destroyed, most of these animals will die, and others will be left to go extinct.

Provide Water

In many cases, wild animals don’t have a reliable source of water. These animals can find foods by themselves without any problems when their environment is preserved.

However, there are many circumstances where these animals travel long distances to find food or mates. 

You can help them find clean water to drink by simply providing a source of water and monitoring it closely.

The water sources can be as little as a birdbath, or a larger source of water to feed bigger animals. If you live in a cold part of North America, you can use a heating device to ensure the water does not freeze. 

Use Eco-friendly Products

If you need to use some agricultural products such as pesticides and fertilizers, it is always advisable to use eco-friendly products.

Manatee

Wildlife can be significantly affected by pesticides, especially when they eat sprayed plants or when water is polluted. Most of these pesticides pose a secondary poisoning threat and in some instances, can run into underground water, or into rivers and streams.

It is also very possible that some wild animals are sprayed directly, which can be deadly.

To save wildlife, you have to make sure you are using eco-friendly products. The other thing to note is that some can chemicals get introduced in the food cycle, which can eventually harm you. 

Feed Birds and Wild Animals

During some seasons of the year, the supply of food and water can be scarce, which puts some birds and wild animals at risk. In this case, you can feed them and offer water in your yard. There are some animals that you should never feed.

Avoid dangerous animals such as coyotes and some mammals such as deer and raccoons. These animals can become dependent on humans for food, and can also bring in more deadly predators to your yard. 

Make Your Home Friendly to Wildlife

In most cases, garbage contains dangerous wastes that can harm wild animals. For this reason, make sure to secure trash in shelters or cans with lock lids.

I use these to secure my trash can lids. They come in a two-pack and are inexpensive. Pet food should be stored indoors, with pets fed indoors. This will make sure your home doesn’t attract wild animals at night. 

raccoon

Ensure that animals that depend on water for survival have what they need. Make sure to disinfect bird water baths to avoid transmission of disease,

Put decals on windows to make sure there are no animal collisions. I use these which you can buy on Amazon here. They are ultraviolet and reflect the sun, keeping the birds away, and you can hardly see them yourself.  

You might think this is not necessary, but statistics show that millions of birds die each year because of collisions with the window.

The Smithsonian recently reported that collisions kill between 365 million and 1 billion birds annually. This figure is just in the United States, with a median estimate of 599 million birds dying every year.

To save these birds, it always advisable to place decals on the windows of your office and home.

If you do not like the idea of applying decals to your windows, then you can also buy these bird repellent rods. Both the decals and the rods are inexpensive and can save birds lives.

Grow Plants and Save Trees

Growing plants and saving trees can go a long way to saving wild animals. Plants provide food and shelter to most wildlife.

If you grow flowering plants, you will end up attracting wild animals and insects which can also help pollinate. Additionally, some native plants attract specific wild animals that prefer them for food and shelter. 

Alpine chipmunk sitting on a rock near Yosemite National Park in California.

Restoring Habitat

Habitat destruction is the leading cause of death to many animals. Habitat destruction is a threat to almost all wild animals, including endangered species.

You can help by planting native trees, cleaning beaches and restoring wetlands. 

Wild animals largely depend on us for shelter, food and existence. It is upon us to ensure wild animals have what they need for their survival.

It is also essential to make sure we take care of the environment by cleaning beaches, planting trees and avoiding the use of harmful agricultural chemicals. It is a beautiful thing to recycle plastics and other non-biodegradable products. 

Grizzly bear

Why We Should Protect Wildlife

There are many wonders in the world, but wildlife species are essential for our survival, and we should live harmoniously with them.

Most people today think that there are many wild animals in the world, but information shows that a lot of these wild animals are becoming extinct day by day. For this reason, there are many reasons why we should save wildlife, as discussed below. 

Wild animals are beneficial to humans

There is a lot we can learn from wild animals. These animals produce chemicals that can be used as a source of medicine for humanity. The drugs made are used to cure various health conditions, including heart disorders, diseases and several other illnesses. 

Photo of dog

A recent report by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service claims that more than 25% of medicinal prescriptions are made up of chemicals processed from chemicals, especially those from marine environments.

There is an article from the National Wildlife Federation about the urgency of saving endangered species. You can read this here.

Saving Wildlife Helps The Environment

Saving wildlife translates to protecting the environment. The more wild animals exist, the more we enrich our planet.

For this reason, animals need to be kept in their natural habitats and environments. We need to preserve their natural habitats because this will prove to be beneficial to humans.

Promote Biodiversity

Earth is a healthy and functional ecosystem. If wildlife is extinct, there will be no delicate balance in our ecosystem.

A loss of one animal can mean an abundance of another mammal or a loss of another mammal. By preserving the wildlife we have, we ensure that other species survive as well.

Wildlife is Beneficial for Agriculture and Farming

The human population depends on plants, not just for food but for the gases that they produce. Plants depend on some animals for pollination.

Coyote

Plants need bees, insects, animals and birds for pollination. If wild animals are not preserved, there may be no more effective pollination. This would result in future translate to a reduced source of food and medicine for humanity

These wild animals are a gift to us by Mother Nature. They should be cared for and protected from adverse environmental changes. 

For more information on how we can help wildlife in winter, I have written this article.

Bryan Harding

Bryan has spent his whole life around animals. While loving all animals, Bryan is especially fond of mammals and has studied and worked with them around the world. Not only does Bryan share his knowledge and experience with our readers, but he also serves as owner, editor, and publisher of North American Mammals.

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