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May 20 is Endangered Species Day

For the first time ever, this May 20 will be designated Endangered Species Day by the U.S. Senate. The decision was made based on an unanimous vote to honor endangered animals and to help promote the protection of fish and wildlife, according to a new report from Capital City Weekly.

In Alaska alone, one can find endangered animals such as the Arctic or American peregrine falcon, as well as the Gray whale. These animals have received federal protection and their numbers have been on the rise as organizations try to help prevent them from becoming extinct.

There are 19 animals and plant species that are deemed threatened or extinct in Alaska, and many more exist throughout the United States. As the report warns, "extinction" means that the animal is gone forever. "Endangered" means that there is still time and hope to save a species.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a new partnership has been formed to help the numbers of apes worldwide. Great apes need protection and that is exactly what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service aims to do with the help of Go Ape USA.
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