How to Do Your Part in Protecting Wildlife

butterflyWe often hear of organizations urging people to help protect wildlife. But not so many understand their would-be roles if they even want to help and really be proactive in this goal. Protecting wildlife is something not so many people are aware of.

Many of our wildlife became endangered species or are already extinct because of several factors such as destruction of their natural habitat. But the human factor is almost always there. People destroy their natural habitat by deforestation or throwing toxic chemicals in bodies of water. They also hunt wild or exotic animals for their fleece, horn, teeth, or for other parts of their body. Each animal is vital for the balance in the ecosystem. If we will not act now to save them, our future will be at stake.

Protecting the wildlife is everybody’s job. You can do it regardless of your age, gender, financial or educational status. Here are simple ways to do it:

  • Train your cat to be an indoor pet. It is okay for cats to hunt for mice inside your home because they are really a natural predator. However, if left inside your home, the natural instinct of cats is to hunt vulnerable birds.
  • Make a decision with due consideration to wildlife. For instance, if you plan to cut a tree or clear a forested area in your property, consider the wildlife that may have depended on it like the birds and other insects.
  • Provide food and water. For some animals especially birds, it can be difficult to find food during summer and winter. It will really help wild birds and other insects if you can provide a birdfeeder and a bird bath or a small pool in your garden.
  • Do not use chemicals in your garden. Spraying pesticides and other lawn treatment could be harmful to the environment and to animals including household pets. Instead, use natural pest repellants and fertilizers for your garden.
  • Do not use or buy products made from animal skin or parts. If you patronize the product, you are also taking part of killing the wildlife.
  • Provide immediate care for injured animals. If you see any injured animal, you can provide first-aid if you have an experience in doing it. Otherwise, you should contact immediately your local animal care agency to do the job.
  • Volunteer for organizations that aim to save, protect or rehabilitate wildlife. There are various organizations worldwide that were established for various purposes that can benefit the wildlife. If you have spare time, you can dedicate several hours a day or several days during your break to take part in their efforts.
  • Report any illegal activities which you think are doing harm to the animals. If you know of illegal fishing or illegal hunting of exotic animals in your area, don’t hesitate to report it to the authorities.

These are just some of the simple ways that you can do to help in protecting the wildlife. There are no small or simple efforts when it comes to saving, rescuing and protecting the wildlife. Every effort counts. And now is the best time to make your efforts count.