Today, on endangered species day, we celebrate the many successes we have seen in saving wildlife, while also taking time to acknowledge those species that still teeter on the edge of extinction. The Photo Ark is dedicated to telling the stories of all creatures, big and small, and bringing us face-to-face with what we stand to lose. But there is hope. The species featured here are all at risk of suffering losses that will push them past the point of no return, but tireless conservation efforts are helping some of these animals to see steady increases in their numbers. While these programs are highly valuable in restoring species, this work will not stand the test of time unless we all make the choice to take-action in order to ensure their survival. And don’t forget; when we save other species, we’re actually saving ourselves. This is because a healthy planet is vital for humans as well. So what can you do? Use reusable grocery bags, support your local zoos and wildlife conservancies, avoid purchasing products made with unsustainable palm oil, say no to single-use items, do not use chemicals of any kind on your yard, and plant local plants that support pollinators. This is only a small snapshot of the actions we can all take to make a difference. Long after I am dead, these pictures will continue to go to work everyday to save species. There’s no more important mission for me. Now, how about you?
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