Helping bring awareness to the animals of the world

A Speech For You

Hi everyone. You all know about my work for Earth Rangers, but just in case you don’t, I’ll give you the scoop. I am an Earth Ranger, currently fundraising for the Beluga Whale. This is my third campaign for Earth Rangers. This year, I wrote a speech about why you should join Earth Rangers, and I thought I’d just share it with you all. So here it is:

 

There are approximately 400 animals at risk of extinction in Canada alone. Can you believe that? Although the situation is very grave, there is a way that we can help. There is an organization that empowers children and gives them amazing experiences. The very same organization gives children a chance to make a difference and states where and how their hard work makes an impact. The foundation also gives children the satisfaction of achieving their own goals and enables them to actively participate in this institution, their own way. Welcome to the world of Earth Rangers.

 

Earth Rangers will give you unforgettable experiences and memories of fundraising to help save an endangered animal. Children are now able to make a difference and donate to the animal of their choice, thanks to Earth Rangers. Approximately 60 000 children become members of this extraordinary organization each year, and they will most likely carry the memories that Earth Rangers has given to them throughout their whole lives. Something most people do not realize is that by fundraising, you are also spreading awareness for your cause, which I find to be also very empowering as an Earth Ranger myself. In Fact, Earth Ranger Jovanna, a 10-year-old from Canada inspired many people. In her super Ranger article, Jovanna stated “Lots of people were inspired, most people donated, and four people even created accounts for their own children,” regarding asking for donations for last year’s American badger. Jovanna made a very sizeable difference, and you can too.

 

You can make a large impact by joining this organization, and spare the lives of many animals too. A simple donation, big or small, can go along way when it comes to helping animals. Earth Rangers specifically states where all your hard-earned donations are being sent, which varies accordingly to which animal you are protecting. The Earth Rangers website (www.earthrangers.com), clearly expresses that 50% of all funds are put toward conservation projects and the restoration of habitats for your chosen animal. The remaining percentage is given to its educational programs and performances in an assortment of places including our school, last year. Earth Rangers is very specific in setting out precisely how that 50% for the animals is utilized. For example, for the beluga whale, half of all funds going directly to the animals are used to purchase underwater recorders to learn more about noise pollution and how it affects these white whales communication, and other research too. We can all try to make an impact on our world, and sometimes we get something back too.

 

Joining Earth Rangers is very rewarding, both mentally and physically, and there are many perks of reaching your goals. Earth Rangers enables children to choose their own monetary goals, instead of having a default goal that they may never reach, or, in some cases, surpass easily. By being able to choose their own goal, children have the freedom to judge their own abilities and motivation to choose an appropriate goal for themselves. By reaching your own personalized goal, you will most likely meet a sensation, a wonderful feeling, that you followed through with your own ideas and stayed committed to realize your goal. For extra motivation, not that true Earth Rangers need it, Earth Rangers also offers an array of rewards that increase in number as you collect more and more funds. Some rewards include medals, pins, a variety of buttons, and a personalized trophy with your name on it at $1000.

Now, don’t be fooled, the medals may seem pretty cool, but at the end of the day, it all comes back to the satisfaction of knowing that you made a difference and helped an endangered animal. Being an Earth Ranger means really believing in your cause and demonstrating your actions like-wise, and Earth Rangers makes it simple.

 

Earth Rangers is very easy to join with a highly navigable website and kid-friendly, and understandable instructions. To sign up, you can simply go to www.earthrangers.com to “accept your mission” and choose the animal you wish to protect. To aid you in your choice, Earth Rangers provides a profile of all the animals they are helping at the time, alongside a video and description of whichever animal you click or hover over. After you confirm your animal and goal, Earth Rangers will also enable you to create a unique, personalized, avatar and set up your account. Once you have signd up, you can login anytime and enjoy variety of articles, games, and videos featured on the Earth Rangers website. However, if you want further information specifically on this foundation’s mission staff, location and program, you may wan to visit the more informational Earth Rangers website, www.earthrangers.org. Just remember though, it’s not all about the games and videos. The most important part of being an Earth Ranger is actually helping the animal and knowing that you tried your hardest to fulfill your goal.

 

In conclusion, the wonderful world of Earth Rangers has a lot to offer to all Canadian children passionate about animals and protecting their homes and natural environment. Earth Rangers provides children with irreplaceable memories and experiences and inspires them and the people around them. This organization gives children the knowledge of where their hard-earned profits are being put to use, specifically zooming in on their cause to better inform them. Earth Rangers rewards children with badges and pins, but also the satisfaction of all their hard work. This foundation has a customizable profile and is truly a place for children of all ages, wanting to really change the world. There are approximately 400 species at risk of extinction in Canada. So, take the initiative and become an Earth Ranger today.

 

Well, That’s all for today. Until the next post,

The Creature Helper

P.S. My current amount of fundraising money is $625!!

 

 

Koala cuteness

Heathcliffe, a joey at the Riverside zoo in Columbia, SC, gets comfy in his tree.

Heathcliffe, a joey at the Riverside zoo in Columbia, SC, gets comfy in his tree.

Koalas. They’re small and furry and sleep 23 hours a day. That’s one hour a day they don’t spend snoozing up in a tree. Although koalas are native to Australia,  you can see them in many zoos around the world. Not all zoos have them though, because koalas are very expensive to maintain. It costs $30,000 a year per koala. Did you know that koalas eat almost nothing but eucalyptus leaves? This makes them a herbivore and explains why they’re so pricey to keep.

Although koalas are often referred to as bears, they are actually not a part of the bear family, but marsupials. You can tell by their pouch where they nurse their joeys (baby koalas). Joeys stay in their mother’s pouch until they are old enough to ride on her back or belly. Koalas can live up to 20 years and weigh an average of 20 pounds. They can  grow up to 85 cm tall. I know that sounds big, but believe me, it’s not. Next to a six-foot man, they are only up to the knees.

Many people don’t know this, but koalas are threatened animals. These furry creatures were frequently hunted during the 1920s and 1930s and their population plummeted. But with a little help from humans, they were reintroduced into the wild and have reappeared in most of their former habitats. The critical problem now is  that Australian’s woodland  is being destroyed every day. We don’t have to stand by and watch, though. You can help by donating to websites like Save the Koalas. So don’t just stand there! If we work together, we can bring the Koalas back!

Until next time,

The Creature Helper

Da Mao at the Toronto zoo in his pen

Da Mao at the Toronto Zoo in his pen

The Toronto Zoo in Ontario, Canada, has some new visitors this year, giant pandas. The zoo received Er Shun and Da Mao March 25 and the exhibit opened May 15. Soon after the revealing of the pandas, the zoo attendance rocketed instantly. Pandas are smaller than a black bear, but bigger than a koala bear. They are all white except for their legs, shoulders, ears and eyes. Pandas eat almost nothing but bamboo shoots and leaves. In fact, they consume 15 per cent of their weight in bamboo in 12 hours every day. The rest of their time they spend sleeping.

Giant pandas are very shy, so they don’t like to venture into areas where there are humans. Developers continue logging and constructing further and further into the bamboo forests and the giant panda’s habitats are shrinking. With less territory, the giant pandas have a hard time finding enough bamboo to eat and might even starve. This is why giant pandas are so rare and their population is dropping so drastically. There are only an estimated 1000 pandas left in the wild. If you want to learn more about pandas, you go to National Geographic Kids

Ecstatic for Aardvarks

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Image by Marie Hale

What lives in South Africa, has a long, sticky tongue and eats termites? Aardvarks, of course. Aardvarks use their lengthy snouts to sniff out their prey and can be found south of the Sahara in Africa. Aardvarks can live 23 years in captivity and can weigh up to 180 pounds.

Aardvarks are nocturnal animals, so they spend the humid afternoon snoozing in a burrow they dig with their sharp claws. In the night they put their spade-shaped claws to work by using them to find their favourite snack, termites. Did you know that the name of these snuffling snackers came from a word in a different language that means “earth pig?” To find out more about aardvarks you can go to National Geographic by clicking this link: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/aardvark/.

Well, that’s all for now. Stay tuned for more posts. Hint: look out for Burrowing Badgers.