Study an endangered animal
Research an endangered animal’s body language and lifestyle by heading to the local zoo, watching videos online, checking out books, or whatever ways you can think of. Learn how the animal lives and what it eats. Try mirroring its body language to get a better feel for the animal. Share what you’ve learned! The more we understand animals, the more we can empathize with them.
Start a petition
When people sign a petition, it can be a powerful way to demonstrate support for a point of view. Research the topic, then collect evidence for your argument to help you gain influence. Get it out there in as many ways as possible. Create posters and establish tables at local stores with their permission. Ask your parents to post it online and ask people to "like" it. Send it to the media. Share a copy of the petition and list of supporters with local or national bloggers, radio stations, and newspapers. Try to get your petition out to well-known people, public officials, and politicians.
Get teachers involved
Ask your teachers to dedicate one of their lessons to teaching about an endangered species and careers in conservation. Learn about the work Nat Geo explorers are doing to help.
Write a letter
Who has the power to help endangered animals? Perhaps there is a government that is not taking action to protect lions. Find out who's in charge. These are the people you're looking for. 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 an endangered species by representing it. Once your letter is finished it is time to get as many people as possible to sign it. The more people that sign it, the more powerful your words will become. Once you have gathered as many supporters as you can, send your letter off! With some skill and a bit of luck, your efforts may just help protect endangered animals. Here's a template to get you started.
Track images of endangered animals
Endangered animals often appear in photos, symbols, and logos. How many can you find where you live? With your parents, go online to check out other businesses that incorporate endangered animals into their logo. If it’s not clear from their company information, write a letter asking what they do to help the endangered animal as part of their business plan. Can you persuade a company that uses an endangered animal in its logo to start giving a regular donation to a charity that supports that animal?
Create an animal calendar
Remind friends, family, and your school that every day is a great day to help by creating a calendar with pictures and facts about endangered animals. Ask your parents to help you find creative ways to create your own calendar. Calendars even make great gifts!
Organize a bake sale. Make animal-shaped sugar cookies. Be sure your kids tell their customers about the threats to these animals, and donate the earnings to help save them.
Set up a lemonade stand and donate the money you earn. Be sure to tell your neighbors about endangered animals.
Host an endangered species themed party. Send out invitations and ask guests to dress up like their favorite endangered species. Party favors could include a themed cake and goodie bags with fun facts about the animals. This makes for a fun-filled birthday or Halloween party. Ask the guests to skip the gifts and instead give the money they would have spent to support threatened animals.
Set up an animal photo booth. Ask for donations to take a picture with a big plush version of an endangered animal. Photo booths could be set up at sporting events or even at your next school dance!