Easy Ways to Help Protect Our Wildlife

National Wildlife Day is March 3rd. While we normally write about pets, it’s important to recognize the connection between our animal companions and their wild counterparts. With so many species in decline these days, it’s important to help wildlife and ecosystems when we can. A veterinarian lists some simple ways that you can do that below.

Keep Kitty In

Did you know that kitties kill billions of small animals every year? Fluffy may look adorably proud of herself when she drops a dead mouse at your feet, but your tiny lion isn’t just keeping your home rodent-free. Our feline friends are playing pretty big roles in decimating fragile wildlife populations. Keep your furry pal inside, and let her hunt catnip mice instead of real ones. (Bonus: your cat will be safer indoors anyway.)

Exotic Pets

Exotic pets are becoming more and more popular these days. It’s not hard to see why: many of them are very cute and fascinating. There’s also a unique appeal to having an unusual pet. Just be responsible when adopting. Never get an animal without doing lots of research to make sure that you fully understand its care needs. Also, always and only buy from reputable stores or breeders. Unfortunately, there are still black market sellers out there offering animals that were captured from the wild. This is bad for both the animal and its native ecosystem.


There are also some things you can do on your own property to help wildlife. If you have a yard, allow native plants to grow back in part—or even all—of it. Plant colorful, fragrant flowers, which will attract and sustain bees and other pollinators. If you are in a colder climate, when spring arrives, don’t mow until the dandelions have passed. These bright flowers, considered a nuisance by many, are actually crucial, as they are the first food for bees, birds, and butterflies.


Another thing you can do is just be more mindful of wildlife when you are shopping. Look for products that use sustainable resources. When many people start making these small choices, small steps like these can really start to add up!

Pest Control

Got mice? Are ants or wasps trying to move in with  you? Use humane, non-toxic products to get rid of any pests you have. Sadly, many wild birds, such as owls, hawks, and falcons, are poisoned each year by hunting vermin that ingested toxic rodenticides.

To learn more about World Wildlife Day, and how to help wild animals, click here.

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