Earth Day: Rising number of wildlife threatened by climate change

In this Dec. 16, 2015, photo provided by the Center for Whale Research, a new baby orca whale is seen swimming alongside an adult whale in the Haro Strait between San Juan Islands, Wash., and Vancouver Island. The new baby is the eighth born since last December to the small, endangered population of killer whales that spend time in the inland waters of Washington state, according to the Center for Whale Research, which keeps a census of the orcas for the federal government. Decades ago, there were more than 140 of the unique animals known as southern resident killer whales. That number declined to a low of 71 in the 1970s when dozens of the mammals were captured to be displayed at marine parks and aquariums across the country. (Dave Ellifrit/ The Center for Whale Research via AP)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Earth Day brings thoughts of recycling and saving energy. But environmentalists also want you to think about what you can do to save the rising number of wildlife threatened by climate change.

Rising number of poached rhinos
Rising number of poached rhinos

The Austin branch of the Global Wildlife Conservation works to protect endangered animals across the globe. The Austinites working to conserve the world’s wildlife will announce their new initiative, which hopes to protect rhinos from poachers.

Conservation leaders will gather at the Austin Music Hall for an Earth Day Gala.

The President of the Global Wildlife Conservtion, Don Church, joined us in the KXAN studio to preview the event.

KXAN’s David Yeomans spoke to U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, Thursday. Watch the full conversation here:

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