There are lots of posts on this site about how to save endangered species, by animal. This post is more about general help. Do visit Kate on Conservation, a wonderful blog keeping you up to date with all the latest happenings, and also writing stories and eco recommends. A very knowledgeable, interesting and inspiring site.
By far, the best way to help is to live simply. Only buy what you need, don’t buy dodgy souvenirs, never go trophy hunting, don’t buy wood from uncertified forests, boycott palm oil, don’t buy soy or beef from unsustainable sources, and take your litter with you, wherever you go.
- Endangered Animals shows how the world’s biodiversity is declining, but there are positive stories from rainforests to deserts, from polar regions to open oceans. Read about living things that are extinct, those that are endangered and a handful that are thriving. Discover how to help.
- Red Alert! introduces us to 15 wild and wonderful creatures on the IUCN Red List (the top list for endangered species). Pick a place, choose a creature and discover its story and the danger it faces – then find out how to help. The list includes over 70,000 species, and endorses this book. Sir David Attenborough is also a supporter of the work done by the Red List.
- Saving Endangered Species gives us the devastating facts (just 3000 wild tigers left, giraffes are now endangered, as are a third of all birds, reptiles and mammals, plus insects). Then looks at what we can do to save the 15,000 species threatened with extinction. From helping polar bears to contributions from Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver, this book can help save gorillas to pollinators.
- 100 Endangered Species is a little book with a big ambition, to highlight 100 endangered species from around the world, and look at work being done to bring them back. Meet giant anteaters, Andean bears, seahorses and sungazer lizards. Packed with exquisite illustrations, fascinating facts and essential maps and charts, this is a gift and shout-out to future generations.