Save South African Wildlife from Extinction

Target: Baleka Mbete, Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa

Goal: Protect the wildlife of the Kalahari Desert from extinction.

The onset of climate change could render the aardvark extinct, creating a negative ripple effect for wildlife as a whole. A team of scientists studying the wildlife of Southern Africa’s Kalahari Desert found that all but one of their research subjects and other aardvarks in the area died due to the extreme heat; not only were their bodies unable to handle the temperature, but the area was sorely lacking in the ants and termites the species feeds on.

The danger to this species goes beyond the aardvark itself. Many birds, mammals, and reptiles seek shelter in the tunnels dug by the aardvark; they cannot dig by themselves, and should the aardvark disappear, these animals will soon follow suit as they are unable to protect themselves from the weather or from predators.

This goes beyond protecting a single species; this is a matter of saving all African wildlife. We must do more to halt climate change and to ensure the survival of these animals. Sign this petition to demand stronger protection for the aardvarks, and by extension, the animals who depend on them.


Dear Speaker Mbete,

Aardvarks are suffering from the extreme conditions in Africa’s Kalahari Desert; their bodies cannot handle the abnormally high temperatures and dry soil, and they lack a reliable food source. According to reports, it is all too possible that this species will be close to extinct soon.

It is not just the aardvarks we need to protect, either. Their disappearance will negatively impact other wildlife; birds, mammals, and reptiles rely on the tunnels dug by aardvarks as protection from weather conditions and predators, as well as spaces to breed. They cannot dig their own tunnels, and should the aardvark die out, so will these other species.

All of this loops back to the onset of climate change, which we must continue to halt at every turn. We urge you to do all you can to fight the damage done by climate change and protect these animals from extinction.


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Photo Credit: Louise Joubert

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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    save them from extinction

  2. Yes, please save the aardvarks and other animals living in this desert.

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