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​​​​​​​​​​​​Be the driving force to save wild things and wild places

Being aware of the consequences that can lead to extinction gives hope to the future of many animals that would otherwise disappear from the planet forever.

Be the voice for these animals and share their stories with your friends, your family members and your colleagues. Download the image of one of the animals below and let it be a reminder to share the animal's story and how you can't imagine a world without them. There is a need for change and the greatest tool you have is your voice. Start sharing now.


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Whooping Crane

Conservation Status: Endangered
Photo: Ted Thousand

Size:Grow up to 5 feet in height and weigh 13-15 pounds

Native to: Canada's Northwest Territories

Lifespan: 22-24 years

Fun Fact: Whooping cranes are the tallest birds in North America. They nearly vanished in the mid-20th century, but thanks to captive breeding programs, their numbers have boosted. They live in family groups in marsh lands and wetlands eating insects, fish, seafood, and frogs. The cranes primary breeding grounds are located in the Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada's Northwest Territories. 

Prize Connection:Dr. George Archibald, 2006 Indianapolis Prize Winner, is credited with contributing significantly to the preservation of the world's 15 surviving crane species including the whooping crane.​

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African Lion​​

Conservation Status: Vulnerable

Size: Grow to 4-6 feet in length and weigh 250-420 pounds

Native to: Central Africa

Lifespan: 14-16 years

Fun Fact: ​African lions are the only cats to live in groups called prides, as they are the most social of the big cats, consisting of 4-6 adults. The females do most of the hunting, while males sleep 12-14 hours a day. These intimidating animals mark their territory by roaring to warn intruders. Their biggest threats are conflicts with humans, prey depletion and trophy hunting. 

​Prize Connection: ​Dr. George Schaller, 2008 Indianapolis Prize Winner, has worked throughout the world with a variety of species including the Afican Lion. He also rediscovered two species, the Vietnamese warty pig and the Tibetan red deer, once thought extinct.​

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Elephant

Conservation Status: Vulnerable
Photo: Brandi Johnson

Size: Grow up to 13 feet tall and can weigh up to 14,000 pounds

Native to: Rain forests of West and Central Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa

Lifespan: Up to 70 years

Fun Fact: Elephants are the largest land mammals on Earth. Both male and female elephants have tusks, which they use to dig up food and strip bark off of trees. Elephants are also some of the most social creatures on the planet. Many elephants, mostly females, will spend their entire lives with their mothers. Males will wander on their own or join a bachelor herd. The gestation for an elephant is 22 months- longer than any other mammal. At birth, elephants already weigh 200 pounds and stand at 3 feet tall. The biggest threat they face is poaching for their ivory.  
 
Prize Connection: Dr. Iain Doughlas-Hamilton, 2010 Indianapolis Prize Winner, has devoted his life to the cause of elephant conservation – from testifying before Congress to leading anti-poaching aid programs in Africa.

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​​Polar Bear

Conservation Status: Vulnerable​
Phot​o: Carla Knapp

Size: ​Grow up to 8 feet in length and weigh between 900-1,600 pounds

Native to: Arctic regions

Lifespan: 25-30 years

Fun Fact: Polar bears are the world's largest species of bear. They are generally solitary creatures who only come together to mate. They typically give birth to twins who stay with their mothers for up to 28 months. Their beautiful 'white' fur is actually clear which gives them the camouflage they need to survive in snow-covered lands. Their threats include loss of sea ice and climate change. 
 

Prize Connection: Dr. Steven Amstrup, 2012 Indianapolis Prize Winner, is chief scientist for Polar Bears International. His work includes research that led to the 2008 listing of polar bears as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act and the development of technology to locate polar bear dens under the snow. ​

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Lemur

Conservation Status: Endangered
Photo: Kerrie Best​​ 

Size: Grow up to 17 in. (head & body), 21in. (tail) and can weigh up tp 7 pounds

Native to: Madagascar

Lifespan: Up to 18 years

Fun Fact: Ring-tailed lemurs live in troops with up to 17 individuals dominated by one female. They have powerful scent glands and use unique odor as a means of communication. They are crafty in the trees but also spend a lot of time on the ground foraging for fruit, something unusual for other lemurs. Unlike many of their primate relatives, they can't grip with their tails. Lemurs are endangered predominantly because of deforestation. 

​Prize Connection: Dr. Patricia Wright, 2014 Indianapolis Prize Winner, discovered the golden bamboo lemur in 1986. At the time this species was then unknown to science and helped catalyze the transformation of Madagascar's park systems into a model for global conservation efforts.

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​Skink

Conservation Status: Vulnerable
Photo: Nik Cole

Size: 30-40 cm 

Native to: Mauritius

Fun Fact: Telfair's Skink is a native species to Mauritius. They are brownish grey in color with brown spots. The skink is one of the last remaining endemic reptiles left on Mauritius. There are 1,400 different types of skinks, but Telfair's are recognizable by their seemingly lack of neck. They have the ability to shed their tails during a fight and regenerate them after. They are threatened by habitat loss and introduced predators. 

​Prize Connection: Dr. Carl Jones, 2016 Indianapolis Prize Winner, is credited with developing revolutionary techniques that brought a dozen species back from the brink of extinction, including Telfair’s Skink. 

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Photo: Dan Boyd