ES Quotes

This is what a few people have said about endangered species and why we should protect them.

“Well, I think breathing life into the Endangered Species Act, taking those wolves back into Yellowstone, restoring the salmon in the rivers of the Pacific Northwest.”             *Bruce Babbitt, former Governor of Arizona and U.S. Secretary of the Interior

“As a young boy, I was obsessed with endangered species and the extinct species that men killed off. Biology was the subject in school that I was incredibly passionate about.” *Leonardo DiCaprio, Academy Award winning actor and founder of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

“Conservation of any endangered species must begin with stringent efforts to protect its natural habitat by the enforcement of rigid legislation against human encroachment into parks and other game sanctuaries.”    *Dian Fossey, Zoologist, well-known mountain gorilla researcher and author of Gorillas In the Mist

“Steve worked tirelessly to promote conservation, wildlife, and the environment, and his work enabled the plight of endangered species to reach a whole new audience.”          *Terri Irwin, owner of the Australia Zoo, naturalist and wife of the late Steve Irwin

“What is a fish without a river? What is a bird without a tree to nest in? What is an Endangered Species Act without any enforcement mechanism to ensure their habitat is protected? It is nothing.”  *Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington State

“The snow leopard is absolutely magnificent. It represents really what endangered species are all about.”    *Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbia Zoo, author, and host of Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild

“We all have a responsibility to protect endangered species, both for their sake and for the sake of our own future generations.”    *Loretta Lynch, former U.S. Attorney General

“Living wild species are like a library of books still unread. Our heedless destruction of them is akin to burning that library without ever having read its books.”    *John Dingell, the longest serving U.S. member of Congress who helped lead the passage of the Endangered Species Act

“My work as a photographer is a] mission to document endangered species and landscapes in order to show a world worth saving.”    *Joel Sartore, photographer, author, speaker and founder of The Photo Ark

“There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.”  *Aldo Leopold, author, ecologist and scientist

“I want to help give these species a voice, because they cannot speak for themselves, and if they could speak they would cry out for help.”  *Susan Middleton, author and photographer of rare and endangered species

“If we human beings learn to see the intricacies that bind one part of a natural system to another and then to us, we will no longer argue about the importance of wilderness protection, or over the question of saving endangered species, or how human communities must base their economic futures – not on short-term exploitation – but on long-term, sustainable development.” *Gaylord Nelson, Former Senator & Governor of Wisconsin, Founder of Earth Day

“Endangered species are our friends.” *Yao Ming, Professional Basketball Player

“The real threat to whales is whaling, which has endangered many whale species.” *Dave Barry, Humor Columnist, Author

“Take the crocodile, for example, my favorite animal. There are 23 species. Seventeen of those species are rare or endangered. They’re on the way out, no matter what anyone does or says, you know.” *Steve Irwin, Wildlife Conservationist, TV Host

“The only way to save a rhinoceros is to save the environment in which it lives, because there’s a mutual dependency between it and millions of other species of both animals and plants.” *David Attenborough, Naturalist, BBC Broadcaster