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Join Volunteering Organisations and Help Animal Conservation in Australia

In the face of massive habitat destruction and species loss, what can one ordinary individual do to help animal conservation? The destruction of wildlife is a large and complex problem with deep-seated roots, and it is not uncommon for people, particularly conservationists and environmental activists, to feel so powerless in the face of such a giant. However, every seemingly insignificant thing that people do towards conservation is vitally important in the grand scheme of things, as these small actions add up to huge strides towards wildlife protection over time. Here are ways that you can help animal conservation in Australia and elsewhere in the world:

· Protect natural habitats. One of the greatest threats that face many species of wildlife is the widespread damage and destruction of their natural homes. Deforestation, over-grazing, farming, industrial progress and modern developments all contribute to irreversible changes in the environment, ranging from desertification to soil compaction, erosion and climate change. These practices can affect wildlife habitat to the extent of an eliminating animal’s territory, forcing a species to extinction or displacing them to other areas. Protecting wildlife habitats means protecting entire communities of animals. When these natural habitats are kept intact, there is less conservation intervention needed to ensure their survival. Volunteering in parks, reserves, protected lands, and “at risk” locations are one way to help prevent further habitat destruction.

· Be part of a conservation organisation. There are countless conservation organisations that are working together to ensure the protection of endangered wildlife and habitats. While these organisations and institutions may have varying objectives, they all work towards the common goal of saving species from extinction. Some organisations work to protect small plots of lands for land-based wildlife while others focus on protecting marine life. Many are more political in nature and focus on attempts to establish sound environmental policies by lobbying local, state and federal governments. Depending on your area of interest, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved and volunteer. If you are environmentally focused, you will easily find an organisation that works to protect habitats or species in your area. Joining and supporting an organised effort to save wildlife will give you plenty of opportunities to get involved in different programs where you can get your hands dirty and experience action first hand.

· Engage. Engaging in environmental conservation initiatives in your home town is a great way to support your immediate environment. This can range from recycling and reducing energy consumption, minimising your use of pesticides and herbicides, incorporating native plans in your garden (which attract native birds and animals into your yard to reduce the threat of invasive species) and attending any protests that are aimed to change legislation that protects and favours flora and fauna.

About the Author:

This article is written by Tracy Leske. She is the Director of Oceans2earth.org. It is a website of a non-political, non-religious organisation that provides opportunities for individuals to interact with people of diverse cultures. They offer amazing volunteering and adventure travel experiences for ethically minded animal and conservation lovers looking for the trip of a lifetime.