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THE CONDOM PACKAGES:
Florida panther

Dwarf seahorse
Hellbender
Western snowy plover
Leatherback sea turtle
Polar bear

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ENDANGERED SPECIES CONDOMS
A Project of the Center for Biological Diversity

WHAT DO CONDOMS HAVE TO DO WITH ENDANGERED SPECIES?

Purdue University students hand out condoms at campus Earth Day event. Photo courtesy Wesley Homoya.

The Earth’s population now tops 7 billion people. The rapid growth of our human population is pushing other species off the planet in what most scientists are calling the sixth mass extinction crisis. Yet this population explosion is too often ignored by the public, the media and even the environmental movement, while it continues to drive all the major environmental problems that plague our planet — including climate change, habitat loss, ocean acidification and resource depletion.

That’s why the Center for Biological Diversity launched our Endangered Species Condoms project in 2009, and since then has distributed hundreds of thousands of free condoms across the United States. Wrapped in colorful, wildlife-themed packages (with artwork by Roger Peet), Endangered Species Condoms offer a fun, unique way to get people talking about the link between human population growth and the species extinction crisis.

The beautifully designed packages, with their rhyming slogans, are distributed by a network of population volunteers around the country. The condoms are handed out at concerts, bars, universities, spiritual group meetings, farmers’ markets and other many other types of local events. Each package contains — along with two condoms — original artwork and information on the species featured, facts about unsustainable human population growth and its link to the extinction crisis, and suggestions on how the human population might be stabilized.

To help ensure a world that's livable for other species — to say nothing of beautiful, healthy and prosperous for our own — please practice responsible reproduction, sign up for our free monthly population and sustainability e-newsletter, and learn more about the Center’s campaign to address population.

HOW DO I GET ENDANGERED SPECIES CONDOMS?

Endangered Species Condoms are distributed through a volunteer network nationwide around certain holidays and big events like Earth Day and World Population Day. If you’d like to become a volunteer distributor, sign up here. Learn tips and tricks for hosting your own event here.

Endangered Species Condoms are not for sale — we give them away free to our volunteer distributors. We’d love to give condoms to every sexually active person in the United States, because everyone should have access to the tools that let them choose when and how many kids they have. We’d also love to see everyone talking about the connection between human population and endangered species. But of course, the Center is a nonprofit organization and can’t always meet the demand for Endangered Species Condoms. (If you’d like to support this project to help us do more, you can donate here.)

Volunteer distributors are chosen based on random lottery for our targeted event distributions, like Earth Day — while also keeping in mind the places where our condoms will likely have the most impact. We also send out condoms throughout the year if there are special events or media opportunities to spread the word. So when you sign up, please let us know your ideas about where you plan to hand out the condoms. We want to see conversations about human population and Endangered Species Condoms happening in unexpected places and at cool events — be creative!


The Condom Packages
Florida panther

FLORIDA PANTHER
A predator of enormous physical grace and power, the Florida panther is one of the most majestic large felines in the wild. But while Florida’s human population has nearly doubled over the past 30 years and the coasts have become more crowded, development has increasingly moved inland, coming into direct conflict with panthers and the habitat they need to survive and thrive.

Learn more about the Florida panther and the Center's work for this animal.You can also get a free Florida panther ringtone. Florida panther

DWARF SEAHORSE
This inch-tall, curly-tailed fish occurs only in shallow seagrass areas in the Gulf of Mexico, along the Atlantic Coast of Florida and in the Caribbean. Unfortunately, as the Gulf gets more crowded and industrialized, this seahorse faces more threats to its existence. Widespread loss of seagrass habitat due to pollution, boat damage and global warming is pushing this minuscule creature to the brink.

Learn more about the dwarf seahorse and the Center's work for this animal. Dwarf seahorse

HELLBENDER
Hellbenders may not be pretty, but at 2 feet long, they’re North America’s largest amphibian. Like many amphibians, the hellbender faces extinction from the strain that the effects of human population (including pollution) put on our freshwater streams in the southeastern United States.

Learn more about the hellbender and the Center's work for this animal. Hellbender
Rock frog

WESTERN SNOWY PLOVER
The western snowy plover, a pocket-sized shorebird, is surviving against the odds. Its habitat of open, sandy beaches is prime target for increasingly destructive human activity. Being small doesn’t prevent plovers from playing a big role in beach ecosystems, but it does make them vulnerable to the unnatural disturbances that plague their home.

Learn more about the western snowy plover and the Center's work for this animal. Western snowy plover
Leatherback sea turtle

LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLE
As ancient as the dinosaurs, the leatherback sea turtle is the heaviest reptile on Earth. Leatherback turtles are dependent on seashores for their lifecycle. With half the world’s human population living within 100 miles of the coastline, their nesting grounds are severely threatened by development.

Learn more about the leatherback sea turtle and the Center's work for this animal. Leatherback
Polar bear

POLAR BEAR
An international icon of global warming, the polar bear is going extinct as the Arctic sea ice melts beneath its feet because of the greenhouse gas emissions of 7 billion people — especially those in high-consumption nations like the United States. The bear was put on the U.S. endangered species list in 2008.

Learn more about the polar bear and the Center's work for this animal. You can also get a free polar bear ringtone. Polar bear
Design by Lori Lieber. Artwork by Roger Peet. © 2012. All rights reserved. Reproduction or redistribution of images must be accompanied by acknowledgement of the designer and artist.
Species photos: Florida panther courtesy USFWS; dwarf seahorse © Jeff Jeffords/divegallery.com; hellbender courtesy Mark Dodson; western snowy plover © Mike Baird; leatherback sea turtle courtesy NOAA; polar bear courtesy flickrfavorites/Flickr.
Banner photo collage: Condom image courtesy Flickr/AIDS/SIDA NB; Ocean background courtesy Flickr/JBYoder.

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