Center for Biological Diversity

For Immediate Release, February 7, 2018

Contact: Sarah Baillie, (520) 623-5252 x 308,

Hundreds of Endangered Species Condoms to Be Given Away in Pittsburgh

Program Highlights Effect of Human Population Growth on Wildlife

PITTSBURGH, Pa.— Hundreds of free Endangered Species Condoms will be given away at the Carnegie Science Center’s adults-only Valentine’s event Feb. 9 as part of the Pillow Talk program created by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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

The condom distribution is a part of the Center’s Pillow Talk program, which aims to get people who are interested in science and the natural world talking about the effect of human population growth on wildlife.

“The endangered species condoms are a perfect fit for our event. The packaging highlights a dire topic, while the contents are actionable ways to solve the problem,” said Lamont Craven, adult programs coordinator at the Carnegie Science Center. “We hope our event and the exhibits within can do the same.”

In the past 50 years, as human population has more than doubled, wildlife populations have been halved. The United Nations predicts that global population will reach 9.8 billion by 2050 and exceed 11 billion by 2100. At the end of 2017, there were nearly 326 million people living in the United States. There are more than 7.6 billion people on the planet, with the United States ranked as the third-most populous country.

“Lots of couples will get lucky this Valentine's Day, but wildlife and the environment will be far less fortunate in our increasingly crowded world,” said Sarah Baillie, Endangered Species Condoms coordinator at the Center. “As our population grows, and urban sprawl and agricultural development destroy wild spaces, species we know and love pay the price. Pillow Talk helps people understand how conscientious family planning can protect wildlife.”

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 Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.6 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

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