National Endangered Species Day

More and more species are becoming endangered every day. National Endangered Species Day helps spread this knowledge and protect animals.

This day gives awareness to endangered species and helps those already so that their populations may stabilize. Read on to know how you can contribute to the cause.

When Is National Endangered Species Day?

National Endangered Species Day is celebrated on the third Friday of May every year. The next National Endangered Species Day falls on Friday, May 19, 2023.

National Endangered Species Day.


To know more about such animals and how you could help them, take a look at these FAQs and fun facts.

Which animals were recently removed from the endangered species list?

Some animals that are no longer part of the endangered species list as their populations have stabilized are the Southern White Rhinoceros, Giant Panda, Arabian Oryx, Gray Wolf, Northern Brown Kiwi, and Louisiana Black Bear.

What animals will be extinct by 2050?

If they are not helped enough, the Orangutans, Lemurs, Hawksbill Turtles, Rhinos, Polar Bears, Gorillas, Varuitas, and Cheetahs, among numerous others, are expected to go extinct by 2050.

What does the Endangered Species Act state?

The ESA prohibits the importing, possessing, selling, exporting, taking, and transporting of endangered and threatened species, with a few exceptions.

How many species are endangered?

Over the world, there are 7,000 species considered to be endangered. This number, however, does not include the numerous animals, plants, and other life forms that are vulnerable, critically endangered, or extinct in the wild.

Check out the World Wildlife list of endangered species.

What are the most endangered plants?

The rarest five plants globally include the Western Underground Orchid, Pitcher Plant, Jellyfish Tree, Corpse Flower, and Wood’s Cycad.

How many endangered animals are killed every year?

It is estimated that nearly 30,000 endangered species are killed every year. That’s about one every 20 minutes and around six thousand times more than the natural rate of about five species per year. Eighty percent of these are driven to extinction due to habitat destruction by humans.

Endangered Animal Species Video

Interesting Facts

The Tonkin snub-nosed monkey, considered to have gone extinct in the 80s, was later spotted in the 90s. Now, poaching is again threatening their existence.

Through the Endangered Species Act, 48 species have been saved from extinction, now labeled as ‘recovered.’ These include grizzly bears, humpback whales, bald eagles, red kangaroos, and the black-footed ferret, etc.

Around 30 to 50 percent of all species are expected to go extinct by mid-century.

The mnemonic HIPPO helps define the significant causes of extinction: habitat loss, invasive species, pollution and pesticides, population growth, the Pet Trade, and over-hunting and over-collecting.

Unlike what most think, there are more endangered plant species in the world than animals.

The ESA has been so successful that populations of around 99% of all species protected under it have been stabilized.

Saving a single species can save countless others, quite literally. For example, by protecting the gray wolf in Yellowstone National Park, we saved the elk as the wolves kept them in check. Their survival meant the survival of willow and aspen trees whose branches cooled the steams, boosting the population of native trout.

These, then, provided habitats for migratory birds and beavers who built dams, saving the otters, mink, and ducks through marshlands. And the list goes on!

Endangered Species Quotes

Conservation of any endangered species must begin with stringent efforts to protect its natural habitat by the enforcement of rigid legislation against human encroachment into parks and other game sanctuaries.
Dian Fossey

The Endangered Species Act is the strongest and most effective tool we have to repair the environmental harm that is causing a species to decline.
Norm Dicks

It is a drastic mistake to eliminate the provisions that have to do with the protection of habitat for endangered species. It is my opinion that the Endangered Species Act is 99 percent about protecting critical habitat.
Jim Saxton

The snow leopard is absolutely magnificent. It represents really what endangered species are all about.
Jack Hanna

My work as a photographer is a mission to document endangered species and landscapes in order to show a world worth saving.
Joel Sartore

The only way we can reduce the number of these endangered species is to improve and provide additional habitats where they can live and reproduce.
Lorne Greene

Steve worked tirelessly to promote conservation, wildlife, and the environment, and his work enabled the plight of endangered species to reach a whole new audience.
Terri Irwin

The whale is endangered, while the ant continues to do just fine.
Bill Vaughan

Wildlife crime goes well beyond just a threat to endangered species but also has impacts on our society, economy, and security. It undermines efforts to uphold the rule of law, acts as an agent for corruption, creates a barrier to development, and fuels global instability.
David Lidington

Captions For Instagram

  • Speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves.
  • Save endangered species to save the world.
  • Let’s join hands and save endangered species.
  • Save endangered species not for yourself but for future generations.
  • Like humans, animals feel pain too.
  • Let’s end cruelty and save animals.
  • Every life form deserves to live.
  • We all have a responsibility to protect endangered species.
  • The fastest animal on land needs the fastest helping hand. (For Cheetahs)
  • Shoot us with cameras, not guns.
  • Help us save nature’s blessings.


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