Center for Biological Diversity

For Immediate Release, February 10, 2022

Contact:

Sarah Baillie, (520) 345-5708, SBaillie@biologicaldiversity.org

30,000 Endangered Species Condoms to Be Distributed for Valentine’s Day

Conservation-Themed Condoms Highlight How Safe Sex Saves Wildlife

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity will give away 30,000 free Endangered Species Condoms across the country ahead of Valentine’s Day to help couples understand population growth’s threat to wildlife and the planet. Distributions will occur at adult-only events, including the Virginia Zoo’s Kiss and Tail, the Tallahassee Museum’s Frolics of Florida, Zoo Idaho’s Date Night, and Safari West’s Wild Jungle Love in Santa Rosa, California.

“After two long years of social distancing, you can bet that plenty of people are going to get close this Valentine’s Day,” said Sarah Baillie, population and sustainability organizer at the Center. “But our global population is expected to hit 8 billion this year. Reckless consumption and human population growth are crowding out other animals and plants. Endangered Species condoms remind couples that safe sex can save wildlife.”

The colorful condom packages include species threatened by human population growth and slogans like “Wrap with care, save the polar bear” and “When you’re feeling tender, think about the hellbender.”

In the past 50 years, as the human population has more than doubled, wildlife populations have fallen by half. The United Nations predicts that the global population will reach 8 billion at the end of 2022 or in the early months of 2023, then continue growing to 9.8 billion by 2050 and exceed 11 billion by 2100. There are more than 7.8 billion people on the planet, with the United States ranked as the third-most populous country.

“We’re in the middle of the planet’s sixth mass wildlife extinction, and it’s driven by human activity,” said Baillie. “Safe sex helps ensure that couples have children only if and when they want to, which is good for people and the planet.”

Endangered Species Condoms feature nine different endangered species and information about the pressure that human population growth puts on polar bears, monarch butterflies and other imperiled wildlife. The Center has given away more than 1 million free Endangered Species Condoms since 2009.

The Center’s Population and Sustainability program uses creative media to promote a range of common-sense solutions like access to family planning and reproductive health services, as well as education, opportunity and equal rights for women and girls.

Endangered Species Condoms
Endangered species condoms. Art by Shawn DiCriscio. Package design by Lori Lieber. Image is available for media use.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.7 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

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