Endangered Species Poster Contest
The North Carolina Zoo invites all North Carolina public and private school students and home school students to showcase their artistic talent and their commitment to increasing awareness of endangered species by participating in the Endangered Species Poster Contest. We hope your school, community group or club will participate in this worthwhile event and look forward to working with you.
WHAT IS AN ENDANGERED SPECIES?
An endangered species is an animal or plant that is in danger of becoming extinct, meaning it would no longer be alive on our Earth. There are more than 1,000 animal species endangered worldwide. North Carolina alone has 35 threatened and endangered animal species. There are many reasons why a species may become endangered, including habitat destruction, introduced species, disease, pollution, animal trade, population, and the list goes on. But remember, Endangered means there is still time!
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Everyone can help. The smallest things we do every day can make a difference.
- Don’t put hazardous waste down the drain or in your trash. Read directions for the best disposal method.
- Keep litter and waste out of the gutters and drains.
- Keep your cats indoors to help protect local wildlife; when it is outdoors, putting a bell on helps.
- Recycle everything you can.
- Don’t leave water running.
- Turn the lights and TV off when you are out of the room.
- Make your neighborhood friendly to backyard wildlife; for example, hang birdhouses and feeders or plant a butterfly garden or build bat houses.
- Use environmentally friendly alternatives to pesticides.
- Compost food waste.
- Organize clean-up days at your school or in your neighborhood.
- Plant gardens with native plants.
- Don’t throw trash out of the car.
- Encourage other people to learn more about endangered species.
For more information on the Endangered Species Poster Competition, Email or Phone (336) 879-7715 or toll free 1-800-488-0444 ext. 7715