Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for people young and old to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions that people can take to help protect our nation’s disappearing wildlife and last remaining open space. Protecting America’s wildlife and plants today is a legacy we leave to our children and grandchildren, so that everyone can experience the rich variety of native species that help to define our nation.
Each year on the third Friday in May, we celebrate and honor all endangered species. Today is an opportunity for everyone to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species, their habitats and the actions necessary to do so. The 40th anniversary of the Federal Endangered Species Act was celebrated in 2013. Designed to protect critically imperiled species from extinction as a “consequence of economic growth and development untempered by adequate concern and conservation”, it was signed into law by President Richard Nixon on December 28, 1973.
Today in honor and support of all the amazing animals we love, take a trip to the local zoo, make a donation, or plan a trip to the zoo and watch these beautiful animals and give thanks that we are able to enjoy their beauty!