Polar bears are smart

5 simple tips on how to help endangered animals

By Claudia Winkler on January 15, 2018

(c) WWF Austria

1, inform yourself

The most important source of information about endangered animal species is the so-called "Red List", which is published by experienced researchers from the World Conservation Union.

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is also a good source of information. Here you can not only find out about endangered species, but also familiarize yourself with projects for nature and animal protection.

2, become an animal sponsor

A current project is the campaign to protect polar bears:

Together with the local population, the WWF is committed to the end of poaching and a harmonious coexistence of humans and animals. Even small contributions can make a big difference here.

  • 15 € per month allow more protection and more knowledge. With their help, we can find out which habitats and walking corridors are of particular importance for the polar bears and their cubs. This is the only way we can take targeted protective measures.
  • 10 € a month help preserve the polar bears' home. As a sponsor, you give us the staying power to counteract climate change in research and politics. Because the polar bears need their habitat.
  • € 7 per month protect the polar bear on site. The periods of hunger on land drive the polar bears close to human settlements. Your sponsorship supports the WWF polar bear patrols in minimizing conflicts between humans and polar bears. So that the "problem bears" are not simply shot down.

3, Pay attention to your consumption habits

Actually, all environmental protection measures have a positive effect on animal welfare. A few tips from WWF for your everyday life:

  • Preference is given to buying food from Austria - this avoids long transport routes
  • Prefer seasonal fruits and vegetables - because they taste better and don't come from far away.
  • Try the vegetarian cuisine often - meat production uses up a lot of resources.
  • Decide more often for local fish - trout, char, pikeperch and co - instead of empty-fished seas.
  • Reusable bottles are a good choice - this helps to reduce the mountains of waste and saves energy in production.
  • Standby mode is the "power guzzler mode" - simply switch off electrical appliances completely. This saves you electricity and money.
  • Using LED lights - also helps your electricity bill. :-)
  • Use public transport - this saves frustration in traffic jams.
  • Use recycled paper - in the office and at home.

4. Get actively involved

Help with a local or international environmental initiative. Many environmental organizations have the opportunity to dock and actively participate as volunteers. At WWF Austria, for example, the Generation Earth youth network regularly organizes hands-on activities such as environmental clean-ups. Just find an activity that you like.

Here are a few tips from Hannes, a WWF Generation Earth Action Leader.

5. Tell your friends about your engagement

Sometimes it only takes a little push to make a big difference - all it takes is the strength of all of us. Big changes are the sum of many small steps. We just have to do it! As is so often the case, sharing is caring!

And there are many ways to do this. Even the youngest can contribute something - a great example is a presentation. Instructions are available here. We think it's very cool, and it's almost a shame that we no longer go to school. ;-)





Climate change threatens the polar bears. Your home, the pack ice is melting. Year after year it takes longer for the ice to come back in autumn and it is getting thinner and thinner. The polar bears have to stay on land longer and longer and survive longer and longer periods of hunger, because without ice, there is no food! Polar bear mothers and their cubs suffer from this in particular!