Voices: Save the Animals

Some Incredible Ways to Save the Earth’s Animals From Extinction

Honor Vang
Honor Vang

Animals and their beauty bring color to the world. When an animal goes extinct, we lose a part of mother nature

Pandas are one of the many endangered species on earth. They are interesting to me because they are one of the only animals that can eat bamboo. I remember learning about them when I was five years old. My dad was going through videos and showed me a video of a panda. Today, they are no longer endangered because humans did more to protect them.

Around the world 38,500 species are under threat of being endangered, and more than 16,300 species are endangered. This is a big global problem, but there are some things people can do to help starting in Minnesota.

The Crystal Darter fish, poweshiek skipperling (a butterfly), and snapping turtles are some endangered species in Minnesota. One of the success stories was the moose. The moose was an endangered species in Minnesota, but humans helped reduce their endangerment by creating the Minnesota Moose Habitat Collaborative to improve the moose’s habitat and territory.

Some reasons for animal endangerment are caused by humans, the amount of trash, the loss of food, and over consumption. There are a few ways you can help stop or prevent animals from going extinct.

There are two ways to help protect endangered species from trash. First, if you have trash you should throw it away and not on the ground. Second, if you do see trash on the ground you should pick it up.

Another way to help endangered species is you can plant native plants. So the animals can have a place to hide or camouflage from predators and a source of food. Native plants provide habitats to many endangered species.

If people reduce, the animals can have more habitat to live. If we reduce cutting trees and burning oil then the animals would have more of a food source and habitat.

We as humans can help save endangered species by throwing away trash, planting native plants, and reducing the amount of consumption in the world. If we do this then there would still be hope that pandas and other animals around the world will be alive long.

This story was produced at ThreeSixty’s Op-Ed Workshop in fall 2023. Honor worked with Charlie Ryback of Southwest Voices and retired Pioneer Press reporter Bob Shaw to finish his story. Click here to read more stories from the workshop.