Actions for Animals

Wildlife and our last remaining wild places are being destroyed because of human action or inaction and because of our own short –term greed.

Peter Fearnhead, CEO, African Parks Network, South Africa

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Category: Wildlife Habitat: Forests

  1. International Orangutan Day 2020

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    The 19th August is International Orangutan Day and there are some very good ways in which you can help orangutans.

    Why?  Because the orangutan’s forest is being destroyed so that palm oil plantations can be created in their place.

    The Iceland advert was banned for being too political but it’s worth looking at because it shows exactly what we are doing to orangutan’s habitat.

    1. Donate

    The Orangutan Foundation are looking to save 300 acres for orangutans and you can donate to help them do this here.

    The Orangutan Foundation International based in Australia is also looking for donations.

    2. Change your buying habits

    The Orangutan Foundation International has information on palm oil and how to spot when it is in products you might buy. I’m doing this and looking to decrease my use of palm oil as much as possible.

    Look at your normal shopping list and then take a look at  Ethical Consumer’s guide to palm oil – they have a list of the worst offenders when it comes to palm oil.  If you currently buy from the list of worst offenders, you don’t have to go without – just swap them for another product made by a different company. 


  2. ZSL London Zoo helps Adriatic Lions in the Gir Forest

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    The majestic Asiatic lion once roamed across Asia and the Middle East and Asia. But, by the early 1900s, the species had suffered from hunting – so much so that only about 20 remained in Western India. 

    Today, numbers are increasing and now there are about 600 Asiatic lions in the Gir Forest.  The problem is that they are very vulnerable to forest fires and to disease.

    ZSL is working with the Wildlife Institute of India and the Gujarat Forest Department to ensure the wonderful Asiatic Lion has a future.

    4 ways ZSL are helping Asiatic Lions in the Gir Forest

    1. Conservation support including training wildlife rangers and training them in using the SMART tool, which was developed by conservation organisations to establish effective patrolling systems, monitor wildlife populations and movements and identify threats such as poaching or disease

    2. Veterinary support – lions have got stuck down wells and come into conflict with people, and the ZSL staff have taught vets vital lifesaving techniques such as how to intubate anaesthetised lions to help them breathe

    3. Working with the Sakkarbaug Zoo where about 40 Asiatic Lions live – some have been injured too much to return to the wild or for other good reasons they live at the zoo. ZSL and the staff at the zoo share best practice and knowledge about the Asiatic Lions.

    4. Education is vital to engage local communities and help them appreciate the importance of lion conservation.

    Can I mention also the Lion Trust (who are specialist fund managers) who sponsor ZSL’s Asiatic Lions Campaign.  We need more businesses to get involved like this.  Thank you to the Lion Trust. 

    Find out more about the work ZSL is doing with Asiatic Lions here.



  3. 29 July is Global Tiger Day! Pledge for Malayan tigers

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    The WWF Malaysia and Maybank are celebrating tigers from 29 July to 31 August 2020. 

    They are kicking the event off on Global Tiger Day (29th July) and finishes on Merdeka Day and the idea is to get us all to #KeepRoaring for the Malayan tiger.

    There are now fewer 200 Malayan tigers left.  And as WWF Malaysia point, out, we all need healthy forests - and forests need tigers. 

    #KeepRoaring to save Malayan tigers, save our forests, and save ourselves by taking action!

    They are us all to donate, to learn about tigers, to spread the word, and to pledge to save the Malayan tiger from extinction. 

    Pledge your support to make tigers a national priority so that decisions on policy, allocation of resources, enforcement and land management favourable for tiger conservation can be made and implemented.



  4. World Rainforest Day

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    Visit the World Rainforest Day's website Visit the World Rainforest Day's website

    The 22nd June is World Rainforests Day.  Rainforests are vital for life to survive on Earth.

    Yet every minute, 40 football fields of rainforest are lost.  This threatens our biodiversity and imperils earth’s health. 

    Natural climate solutions such as protecting and restoring forests could reverse global emissions by a third, according to World Rainforest Day.

    This day is held to celebrate rainforests and encourage us all to protect them.  If we can all unite and become a forest of action that rains on earth, then we can make a huge difference.

    The World Rainforest Day website has these things we can all do to make a positive impact on rainforests, today and every day:

    Ways to help rainforests

    1. Learn about rainforests and why they matter to each of us
    2. Donate to rainforest protectors
    3. Eat more plants and less meat
    4. Shop for rainforest friendly products
    5. Travel sustainably
    6. Hold leaders and corporations accountable
    7. Spread the word
    8. Host a safe, socially distant event

    There's more information about each of these positive actions we can take here


    Simple ways to help save rainforests

    Find out more from World Rainforest Day’s website.

    #WorldRainforestDay #TakeABreath #ThankARainforest  #BecauseTheWorldCantWait #TheForgottenSolution 

    This infographic and others are available to download and share 
    from the World Rainforest Day's website


  5. Petition to help the koalas of Queensland, Australia

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    Koalas Will Go Extinct If We Don't Stop Rampant Deforestation - Please sign this petition to help them

    Koalas Will Go Extinct If We Don't Stop Rampant Deforestation -

    Please sign this petition to help them 

    This petition is to the Government of Queensland, and's The Petition Site is running it.

    The koala could go extinct within our lifetime, according to researchers.   This is mainly because state governments have been much too lenient when it comes to clear-cutting in the koala's last remaining habitats.

    For instance, between 2012 and 2016, five thousand koalas died becuase of habitat lost, and 94% of them died because of rural deforetation.   Koalas in Queensland are losing ground to huge stores and skyscapers thanks to the threat of new developments.  

    Unfortunately, the previous premier rolled back tree-clearing laws. 

    The new premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk is thinking about introducing new measures which would put an end to endless destruction of the koalas habitat.

    This petition is about speaking up for koalas, being their voice, and asking the Palaszcuk government to pass new tree-clearing restrictions today.  The koalas can't speak up for themeslves - they have no voice.  We need to be their voice instead.

    Please sign here to help koalas.