Mission: Animal Rescue

Mission: Animal Rescue


You can help!

Save Animals, Save the World!

Are you ready? Your mission is a big one: save animals, save the world. Mission: Animal Rescue charges you to save our planet's most endangered and threatened animals. The initiative aims to inspire you to learn as much as possible about endangered animals and to take action to rescue them.


Through this site and through the Mission: Animal Rescue books, you will have the opportunity to learn in-depth information about endangered animals, and to access resources and activities that help you get involved. By combining education, habitat protection, and a global network of volunteers, activists, and advocates, we can build a better world for animals and ourselves!


Ready to help? Participate in our October Mission below!


Your October Mission

Are you ready to get started? This October we're spreading awareness about Mission: Animal Rescue by asking Rescuers to dress as endangered animals on Halloween! We've even created special Mission: Animal Rescue cards you can hand out to raise awareness about the animal you're dressing up as! And send us a picture of yourself dressed up - you could win a copy of Mission: Wolf Rescue or Mission: Lion Rescue!  Kids can send their photos to and parents can submit photos on Facebook by tagging the post #MissionAnimalRescue. Read the official rules here.


Happy trick-or-treating, Rescuers! 



 Photograph by Rebecca Hale, NG Creative

Make Your Own Lion Costume

You will need: 

  • Yellow hooded sweat suit
  • Yellow felt
  • Thick, fuzzy yellow and brown yarn
  • Brown face paint

What to do:


For the lion's mane, cut a piece of yarn long enough to tie around your head with the hood up. Tie three-inch-long pieces of yellow and brown yarn all around the long piece of yarn. Make fur cuffs for your wrists the same way. For the tail, cut a long strip of felt and glue yarn to the end. Cut two ears out of the felt. Tie the lion's mane around your hood and secure it with safety pins. Pin the ears and tail in place and tie on the fur cuffs. Paint on a brown nose and whiskers and practice your roar. 

When you go trick-or-treating don't forget to bring along these special Mission: Animal Rescue cards! When you get a piece of candy, give a card! Help spread the word about Mission: Animal Rescue through your whole neighborhood.

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How Else Can I Help?

Download the Mission: Animal Rescue Fundraising Kit! This kit is full of activities to raise awareness, fundraising activities, and other ways to get your community involved in protecting the animals you love. Download and print these business cards to tell the world that you are an Official Animal Rescuer!


Photograph by Peter Betts / Shutterstock


Lions often appear in logos, symbols, statues, and crests. This is because they are seen as symbols of strength, royalty, and intelligence. How many can you find where you live?


Go online to check out other businesses that incorporate lions into their logo. If it’s not clear from their company information, write a letter asking what they do to help lions as part of their business plan.


Take up a lion donation. Can you persuade a company that uses a lion in its logo to start giving a regular donation to a lion rescue charity?


Sell lemonade in your neighborhood, at your school, or at your next sporting event, and donate the proceeds to Cause an Uproar!



Wolves often appear in logos, symbols, statues and crests because they are seen as symbols of mystery, beauty and power. Write a letter to a company that uses a wolf in their logo asking what they do to help wolves.



Donations to Mission: Animal Rescue?
To make a contribution in support of Mission: Animal Rescue, ask your parents to consider texting ANIMAL to 50555 to give ten dollars.

The National Geographic Society is a nonprofit organization whose net proceeds support vital exploration, conservation, research, and education programs. Text donations will go toward the Society’s efforts to support animals and their habitats. From building bomas for big cats to protect their wild territory to studying elephants and how they communicate to exploring wild places to better understand animal habitats, National Geographic’s programs help save animals and our world. Thank you for your passion and dedication to this cause.

Charges will appear on your wireless bill or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and data rates may apply. Text STOP to 50555 to STOP. Text HELP to 50555 for HELP. Full terms:


Encourage fans at your next sporting event to roar instead of cheer in honor of big cats. Hold a roaring contest during halftime to let fans know you’re supporting big cats!


A wolf's howl can be heard as far as 10 miles (16 km) away. How far can you make your howl heard? Telephones and the Internet are allowed!


Photograph by Kuchera / Shutterstock


Perhaps there is a government that does not want wolves to be reintroduced into the wild or a hunting organization that wants to remove wolves from and area. Find out who is in charge. These are the people you are going to write to.


Write a letter to the powerful person that you have identified. Take your time to present your argument. Give evidence and examples for each point that you make. This is your chance to help wolves by representing them.


Once your letter is finished it is time to get as many people as you can to sign it. The more people that sign it, the more powerful your words will become. As well as getting physical signatures you could also run your petition online. Once you have gathered together as many supporters as you can, send your petition to the people who have the power to save wolves. With some skill and a bit of luck, your efforts may just help to protect wolves now or in the future.