Center for Biological Diversity

Media Advisory, February 10, 2022

Contact:

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

Endangered Species Condoms to Be Handed Out at El Paso Zoo for Valentine’s Day

Conservation-Themed Condoms Highlight How Safe Sex Saves Wildlife

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity will give away free Endangered Species Condoms ahead of Valentine’s Day at the El Paso Zoo Society’s Wild at Heart event, an adults-only Valentine’s Day event featuring food, games, live music and education about some of the interesting mating courtships found in nature. 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.”

“We’re in the midst of a devastating wildlife extinction crisis, and Endangered Species condoms remind couples that safe sex can save wildlife,” said Sarah Baillie, population and sustainability organizer at the Center. “Our global population is expected to hit 8 billion this year. The more people we crowd onto the planet, the less room there is for animals and plants.”

What: Endangered Species Condoms Giveaway at the El Paso Zoo Society’s Wild at Heart event

When: Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: El Paso Zoo, 4001 E Paisano, El Paso, TX 79905

Who: Center for Biological Diversity and El Paso Zoo Society

Background

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.

Endangered Species Condoms are wrapped in colorful packages featuring 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.

The El Paso Zoo Society is the 501c(3) nonprofit and support organization to the El Paso Zoo. Its mission is to advocate for wildlife and the zoo in the El Paso community.

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