Raising awareness of endangered species at Roosevelt Park Zoo

MINOT, N.D. - It is Endangered Species Day, which is a nationwide conservation effort to protect those endangered species and their habitats.

Seventh graders at Bishop Ryan made animals and habitats out of recycled materials. All these habitats are endangered species that are at the Roosevelt Park Zoo.

"It's wonderful for us to reach those kids at a young age. Inspire them when they are young and hopefully raise them to be more aware of their surroundings and what is going on in the world,” said Jennifer Kleen, Minot Zoo Crew executive director.

The zoo has several animals on the endangered species list, including the snow leopard the Amur leopard. There are only 200 Amur leopards left in the wild.

"It's overwhelming. It is a lot to think about when an animal is endangered. But those small decisions matter. Taking a grocery bag matters, it all adds up,” says Jennifer Kleen.

The African lion, the giraffe and the black footed ferret at Roosevelt Park Zoo are also endangered. They are on the Association of Zoos and Aquariums S.A.F.E. species list. Which helps bring together accredited zoos and aquariums and uses their massive audiences to save species.