If, like me, you’re an animal lover, you’ll no doubt be keen to do something to help our endangered animals. Some of our most iconic and well loved animals could become extinct within our lifetime and their plight is the result of human interference. Humans are responsible for habitat destruction, and poaching which are the main threats facing animals. But the animal adoption scheme allows you to help save them.
Adopting a wild animal doesn’t mean bringing them home; after all your neighbours may not take kindly to you bringing home an elephant or a polar bear. What it does mean is that you are contributing to the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). This fantastic organisation was set up in 1961 with one main mission: “to halt and reveres the destruction of our environment”. Their work concentrates on lobbying, research and consultancy to bring about positive changes to the way we interact with our environment.
The WWF animal adoption scheme offers you the chance to help a range of animals including, giant panda, tigers, and penguins among others. All the animals in the scheme are at severe risk of becoming extinct in the near future and need as much help as we can give them.
The giant panda faces the threat of habitat loss due to agriculture and their attractive markings make their skin valuable to poachers who then sell the fur on the black market. Tigers face similar threats as their habitat is destroyed to make way for agriculture; their fur and body parts are also valued for medicine and decoration. Penguins rely heavily on the Antarctic ice, which is beginning to melt. This means they have to travel further to find food and many species are declining as a result.
When you adopt an animal through the WWF you will receive a wonderful gift pack including a cuddly toy of your chosen species, a beautiful picture of your animal and a gift certificate which can be displayed at home to show support and to educate your guests on the plight of the animals and how they too can help. One thing to be aware of though is, if you have children you may find they will take the cuddly toys for themselves! Furthermore, you will receive updates from the WWF so you can see where your money goes and how the WWF is progressing with their efforts to save our wildlife.
Once an animal becomes extinct, it is gone forever and it would be a tragedy if we were to lose animals like the orang-utan, rhino and polar bear. Not only do we get great spiritual benefit from such animals but also, they are essential to the balance of nature. If a species dies out it can lead to imbalances in ecosystems and the consequences can be severe. When you adopt an animal you really are doing something that will help change the world and make it better for the animals and future generations.