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Endangered Species Day: How You Can Make a Difference


Endangered species day is celebrated each year on the third Friday of the month of May. The planet has 16,000 species of plants, animals, fungi, and algae, within those 16,000 species are 700 species of animals and 900 species of plants that are threatened or endangered. Endangered species is when a species is at risk of extinction. 

A lot of those endangered species are caused by habitat fragmentation, overhunting, poaching, overfishing, invasive species, etc which will be celebrated on endangered species day. This is why we are asking you to make a difference in the world today by taking the time to learn about the endangered species around your country, and how you can make your community more environmentally friendly and aware of endangered species day

If you don’t know how to celebrate, or want to know how Tanganyika Wildlife Park looks at endangered species day. We will cover how TWP celebrates endangered species every day of the year, taking a look at some of the recent extinct animals, and what differences you can make on endangered species day

How Tanganyika Wildlife Park Celebrates Endangered Species everyday?

Tanganyika Wildlife Park celebrated Endangered Species Day on May 19th, 2023. However, the park talks about endangered species every day of the year. You can find all the different endangered species on our map below: 

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At Tanganyika wildlife Park, the endangered animals are listed as follows on the map: 

  1. Bongo (critically endangered, less than 100 left) 
  2. Okapi (threatened species, 30,000 left) 
  3. Javan Langur (primarily endangered, between 2,300 and 5,500 left)
  4. Mandrills (vulnerable, 4,000 left)
  5. Indian Rhino (vulnerable, 4,014 left) 
  6. Javan Langur
  7. Red Ruffed Lemurs (critically endangered, 1,000 to 10,000 left)
  8. Snow Leopards (vulnerable, between 3,920 and 6,390 left)
  9. Binturong (vulnerable, unknown left)
  10. Cloud Leopards (vulnerable, less than 10,000 left)
  11. Grevy’s Zebra (endangered, fewer than 2,500 left)
  12. White-handed Gibbons (endangered, unknown left)
  13. African Penguins (endangered, 14,700 pairs left)
  14. Asian Small-clawed Otters (vulnerable, 5,000 left)
  15. Siamangs (endangered, unknown left)

38.Bengal Tigers (endangered, 2,000 to 2,500 left)

How Tanganyika Wildlife Park helps Indian Rhinos

The Indian Rhinos are known to be endangered because of poaching in their respective land in the northern part of India. Indian Rhinos also known as one-horned rhinos which are the biggest rhinoceros species on the planet. Tanganyika Wildlife Park helps the Indian Rhinos by having them in captive breeding. Not too long ago, the park experienced the birth of MarJon, baby of rhino Monica who was part of the breeding program.   

Tanganyika Wildlife Park also helps by giving to the international Rhino Foundation. It is a foundation that is fighting for the survival of  five species of rhinoceros that live in both Africa and Asia. The foundation focuses on scientific research for anti-poaching, habitat conservation, captive breeding, environmental education and demand reduction. 

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How Tanganyika Wildlife Park helps Javan Langur 

The Javan Langurs are also celebrated on endangered species day. Tanganyika Wildlife Park is one of the only parks that have Javan Langur on property.Tanganyika Wildlife Park has two breeding groups at the park, both over 10 individuals in each group. 

Javan Langurs are a species of primates who are currently on the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species due to urban expansion in their natural habitat, hunting and pet trade. It is important they are kept in a safe environment, which is Tanganyika Wildlife Park. 

One of the most important ways to help endangered species is simply educating people about the dangers of extinction. Tanganyika Wildlife Park is committed to giving the ability for both parents and childrens to learn about how important it is to learn about each species and their conservation efforts that you can participate in. Tanganyika Wildlife Park has different opportunities when it comes to education such as summer camps, wildly different experiences, school affiliation, and the scouts. 

Our mission is to create memories that inspire stewardship of animals. When you go behind the scenes to meet a rhino you can learn all the ways that you can help animals in their native environments which hopefully will change your behavior to help. 

Click here if you want to see a rhino behind the scenes at Tanganyika. 

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A Look at Some of the Recently Extinct Animals in the US and Across the World

Some species have been on this planet for years but as the years go by a lot of them are disappearing. In honor of endangered species day we are going to look at the recently extinct animals here in the US and across the globe. Extinct species refers to living things that have died out and not found anywhere in the world anymore. 

Animals that went extinct in the US in 2021

  • Hawaii is known for its land, the wildlife and its culture. Some Hawaiian recently extinct species were:  Kaua’i O’o, Maui ‘ākepa, Kaua’i nukupu’u, Kaua’i akialoa which were known for being birds. 
  • There were different types of mussels that were extinct on North American land such as Flat Pigtoe Mussel, Southern Acornshell Mussel, Yellow Blossom Pearly Mussel, Stirrupshell Mussel, Tubercled-Blossom Pearly Mussel, Upland Mussel, Green-Blossom Pearly Mussel, Turgid-Blossom Pearly Mussel. Mussels are important for the rivers and lakes ecosystem as they are a good food source for both aquatic and terrestrial animals. 

Recently Extinct Animals

  • Endangered species are being brought up not only by preserves or conservations but also in movies such as “Rio” about the Spix’s Macaw who is trying to fight against extinction. The truth soon caught up to them and they were declared extinct in the wild in 2019. Although it was declared extinct there are breeding programs in place that are working to bring back the Spix Macaw. 
  • We all love the Savannah, while African countries are trying to fight against poaching rhinoceroses and elephants and saving their beloved animals. The Northern White Rhinoceros was declared extinct as the last male died at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. White rhinoceros are poached for their horns in animal preserves. The last two females are in captivity within the conservancy and under armed guards. The Western Black Rhinoceros has also been extinct since 2006, because of poaching for their horns because it is believed that they have medicinal effects. 
  • Other recently extinct animals were the Baiji, which became extinct in 2017. The Baiji were the first dolphins within the species to be extinct by humans. The cause of their extinction was because of water management for shipping lanes and other transportation, pollution, and overfishing. 
  • Pyrenean Ibex is a subspecies of the Spanish ibex, a recently extinct animal in 2000. The ibex was native to the Pyrenees mountains on France and Spain’s border. The reason for the extinction was due to hunting. Their diet consisted of meager grass, herbs, and lichens found in the Pyrenees.  

The Endangered Species Act  which is an act that protects and conserves both endangered and threatened species in their habitat around the world has been in place for 50 years. While not all species are at risk of being endangered animals it is important for humans to make the difference between what is close to being extinct and what is not. 

What You Can Do To Make a Difference This Endangered Species Day

At Tanganyika Wildlife park we celebrate Endangered Species day everyday of the year by being conscious about what is available to the guests. 

TWP offers refillable souvenir cups so that we do not overuse single cups. We use compostable products for all our birthday party equipment. Tanganyika Wildlife Park is committed to reduce, reuse and recycle

Tanganyika Wildlife Park is committed to helping the environment in water ways. Our gift shop is a big part in making a difference with the products that we offer. Here is a glimpse at what the gift shop offers: 

  • Conscious Step Socks which are tied to a specific conservation group associated with the design of the sock. They are sustainably made and align with fair trade. 
  • TWP sells a line of animal plushies called Earth Pals  manufactured by Fiesta Toys. The animals are made out of 100% recycled materials. 
  • Chocolate bars are also sold which are tied to a conservation group according to whatever animals are labeled on the packaging. 

Tanganyika Wildlife Park is dedicated to helping the wildlife in however ways they can.

Being that endangered species day has already happened, what can you do for the next endangered species day? There are a couple things that you can do.

  • Education –  Educating yourself on the causes of extinction of species and what is at risk in your area. You can learn about each species at Tanganyika Wildlife Park from each exhibit. 
  • How can they protect and restore habitats  You can join local clean ups by looking at the communities that you are in. 
  • Volunteer – Volunteering is a great way to participate on endangered species day. You can participate in clean up around the community and local wildlife refuge, beach cleanup, etc. 

The Tanganyika Wildlife Park foundation is a great way to learn and help during endangered species day. 

Tanganyika Wildlife park is dedicated to saving endangered species. The park holds conservation fundraising for plenty of species such as giraffes, rhinos, hippos, and so many more. 

For more on how Tanganyika wildlife park is making a difference, read our blog and make a difference for wildlife around you by picking up trash, reducing your harm to the environment. 

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