Endangered Species Condoms

Ecology: Specialized Endangered Species Condoms Project by the Center for Biological Diversity

The rapid growth of our human population is pushing other species off the planet in what most scientists call the sixth mass extinction crisis. Yet this population explosion is too often a target of public ignorance, the media and even the environmental movement. While it continues to cause all the major environmental problems that plague our planet . Mainly, including climate change, habitat loss, ocean acidification and resource depletion. A potential solution from the Center for Biological Diversity is the Endangered Species Condoms Project.

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

The beautifully designed packages, with their rhyming slogans, are for distribution by a network of population volunteers around the country. The condoms are given out at concerts, bars, universities, spiritual group meetings. Furthermore, even in farmers’ markets and 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 solutions to the population problem, including universal access to contraception and reproductive healthcare and education and empowerment for women and girls.

Endangered Species Condoms Distribution

Ten thousand free Endangered Species Condoms will be given away across the country. In particular, by the Center for Biological Diversity on Valentine’s Day. In particular, to help couples consider population growth’s threat to wildlife and the planet. The distributions will occur at socially distanced events. Like Valentine’s Dinner at the Oklahoma City Zoo and the adult-only Frolics of Florida at the Tallahassee Museum.

The colourful 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.”

They will be in a distribution circle across the United States. By nearly 100 volunteers at college campuses, health clinics, resource centres and at a handful of in-person, socially distanced events.

The Reason behind the Distribution of Endangered Species Condoms

“The pandemic may not leave us with much to do this Valentine’s Day. But couples will still get busy,” said Sarah Baillie. And she is a population and sustainability organizer at the Center. “Every day we add 227,000 people to the planet. As our population grows, we crowd out other animals and plants. Endangered Species Condoms help people make the connection between safe sex and saving wildlife.”

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 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.

Scientists agree that we are currently in the midst of the planet’s sixth mass wildlife extinction. With more than a million species threatened in the coming decades. While geological or cosmic factors drive the periods of previous extinction. While the culprit of the current crisis is human activity.

Reasons for the Distribution of Endangered Species Condoms

Different Types of Endangered Species Condoms Packages by the Center for Biological Diversity
Different Types of Endangered Species Condoms Packages

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“Human population growth and reckless consumption are key drivers of this crisis,”


“But we can’t tackle the problem until we can talk openly about it. Endangered Species Condoms are fun, they’re much more unusual than the typical Valentine’s Day box of chocolates, and they make great conversation starters.”

Endangered Species Condoms are in wrappers in colourful packages. In particular, it features nine different endangered species. And information about the pressure that human population growth puts on polar bears, monarch butterflies and other imperilled wildlife. The Center has given away more than a 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. In particular, like access to family planning and reproductive health services, as well as education, opportunity and equal rights for women and girls.

In the past 50 years, the human population has more than doubled. The wildlife population during that time, however, has been in a state of reduction, according to the Center. There are more than 7.6 billion people across the globe, and the U.S. is the third-most populous country with more than 330 million.

Those numbers are only expected to grow. The United Nations predicts that the global population will reach nearly 10 billion by 2050.

Distribution Plans for Valentines Day

Nothing quite says “Will you be my valentine?” like condoms with pictures of endangered species on them. But the Center for Biological Diversity says they should be right up there among the flowers and chocolates.

The national, nonprofit conservation group will give away more than 40,000 free endangered species condoms on Valentine’s Day in the top 10 most sexually satisfied cities — including Indianapolis.

The colourful condom packages — with slogans such as “Wrap with care, save the polar bear” and “Before it gets any hotter, remember the sea otter” — are meant to help couples consider the threat population growth poses to wildlife and the planet.

In addition to Indianapolis, the condoms will be distributed in Fort Wayne, San Antonio, Austin, Denver, Salt Lake City, Boise, Chicago, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio — cities that are Men’s Health survey found to be the top in the U.S. for sexual satisfaction.

“You can bet a lot of couples in these cities will get lucky this Valentine’s Day”. “But the more people we crowd onto the planet, the less room there is for animals and plants. We’re in the midst of a heartbreaking wildlife extinction crisis, and safe sex is one important way to turn things around.”

-Sarah Baillie, Endangered Species Condoms coordinator at the Center, in a release

A Creative Solution

The Centre staff and volunteers will hand out the costumes at over-21 events at museums, concerts, sports games, community gatherings and on college campuses. Ballie said she did not have specific times or locations that the condoms would be in distribution in Indianapolis.

The packages feature the original artwork of nine different endangered species — such as the hellbender, monarch butterfly, and whooping crane — with rhyming slogans. In particular, inside the package is information about the species, the impacts of population growth and solutions to the problem, including access to contraception and reproductive health care.

 Distribution in California

In honour of World Contraception Day on Sept. 26, the Center for Biological Diversity donated 1,400 “endangered species” condoms. In particular, across 12 institutions across California. The condoms’ colourful packaging features pictures of species threatened by population growth, accompanied by slogans like “Wrap with care, save the polar bear” and “Before it gets any hotter, think of the sea otter.”

The donation is meant to call attention to the mass extinction of wildlife, which the organization said is caused by human activity.

“Human population growth and overconsumption are worsening the extinction crisis”. “If we can get people talking about how safe sex saves wildlife, it’s the first step toward tackling these pressing issues.”

-said Sarah Baillie, population and sustainability organizer at the centre, in a press release.

The organization said that as the human population has more than doubled over the past 50 years, wildlife populations have been halved — with more than a million species facing possible extinction in the coming decades.

The student volunteers will distribute the condoms at Chabot College; Sonoma State University; the University of California, Santa Cruz; UC Berkeley; UC Santa Barbara; California State University; Chapman University and five others, the organization said.

Distribution in Top 10 U.S. Cities for Sexual Satisfaction

To help promote safe sex and wildlife conservation — 40,000 condoms featuring clever phrases next to endangered species are being sent to the “Top 10 U.S. Cities for Sexual Satisfaction.” Believe it or not, Salt Lake City comes in fifth on the list of cities deemed by Men’s Health to be the top-rated in the nation for sexual satisfaction. This time, Utah Governor Gary Herbert did not have the power to stop it. Earlier this year, Herbert ordered Utah’s health department to stop distributing condoms that featured humorous slogans related to Utah.

So what does safe sex have to do with environmental concerns? The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), which is distributing condoms, says it wants couples to consider how human population growth is a threat to wildlife and the planet. Condoms, obviously, are one way to do that.

The Slogans from The Center for Biological Diversity

The Slogans on the top of the Endangered Species Condoms Packs by the Center for Biological Diversity
The Slogans on the top of the Endangered Species Condoms Packs

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The CBD came up with clever slogans to help lovers remember endangered animals. Some of those slogans read:

  • Wrap with care… save the polar bear
  • Before it gets any hotter… remember the sea otter
  • Can’t refrain? Remember the whooping crane.
  • For the sake of the horned lizard, slow down, love wizard.
  • When you’re feeling tender… think about the hellbender
  • Fumbling in the dark? Think of the monarch

According to the CBD, in the past 50 years, the human population has more than doubled while wildlife populations have been cut in half. Currently, there are 330 million people in the United States alone, the third-most populous country — behind China and India.

The United Nations predicts the earth’s population will hit 9.8 billion by 2050, and top 11 billion by 2100.

Endangered Species Condoms Toolkit

Whether you’ve received Endangered Species Condoms, signed up for a chance to get them in the future, or just want to know more about how you can engage people in the conversation about human population growth and the wildlife extinction crisis.

Every outreach effort will be different, with different audiences and opportunities. But the best thing about being an Endangered Species Condoms volunteer is that whether you choose to hand out condoms at your local bar, yoga studio, community festival or a huge Earth Day event, the condoms do a lot of the work for you. People will be curious about the packages, making it easy to start talking about the message behind the condoms: We need to learn about how human population growth threatens endangered species, and what we can do about it.

How To Talk About The Endangered Species Condoms

Intrigue sets people in once they hear “free condoms” or see the colourful packaging, but then what? You can expect to get some interesting questions while distributing the Endangered Species Condoms, so we put together a video to illustrate how to respond to some of the most common ones, from whether these are really condoms for endangered species to how much of an impact one less child really has on the environment.

We hope this helps you feel more prepared to handle the conversations you’ll be having, but if you ever get stumped, ask the experts.

The Launch of the Endangered Species Condoms Campaign

The Endangered Species Condoms project came into existence 10 years ago. In particular, to bring the discussion of human population growth back into the environmental movement with a focus on human rights and reproductive justice. In that time, more than 1 million condoms have been in the distribution network by thousands of volunteers. The principles of social marketing are put to use through the Endangered Species Condoms project. To create a national discourse around the population issue. They are in the distribution networks in both formal teaching settings like high school and university classrooms. As well as informal settings like community events and after-hours programming at zoos and museums to reach a broad, diverse audience.

The Center for Biological Diversity, a national environmental non-profit based in the USA, recognizes that it is crucial to have conversations around the effects of population growth on the environment and wildlife. In order to address the problem. The Center only supports ethical, non-coercive solutions to combat unchecked human population growth. Mainly, including comprehensive sex education and universal access to contraceptive resources and reproductive health care. In particular, using creative social marketing techniques has helped break down barriers to bring this important topic back into the environmental discourse.


Through the Endangered Species Condoms Project by the Center of Biological Diversity, it displays the power of social media marketing. Social marketing is a tool to address “wicked problems” – those that are complex with no easy solution. And unplanned pregnancies are just that. In particular, decreasing unplanned pregnancies involves improving contraception and sexual education through policy and infrastructure. Along with changing cultural norms around the family size and talking about reproductive health.

The social marketing framework facilitates choosing a behavioural objective. Along with a priority audience, and then campaigns are designed around this. The objective could be upstream to change policy with elected officials.  As the audience or downstream, where the objective is to use contraception and the audience is individuals of reproductive age.

The Endangered Species Condoms are a unique tool to start a conversation about the negative impacts of unchecked population growth. They provide people with a literal tool to prevent unintended pregnancies and additional information about the ethical solutions we advocate for.

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