Center for Biological Diversity

For Immediate Release, February 12, 2019

Contact:  Sarah Baillie, (520) 623-5252 x 308, sbaillie@biologicaldiversity.org

40,000 Endangered Species Condoms to Be Handed Out in Top Wedding Cities

Valentine’s Day Distributions to Highlight How Safe Sex Saves Wildlife

TUCSON, Ariz.— Forty thousand free Endangered Species Condoms will be given away in the 10 “best cities to get married in” by the Center for Biological Diversity on Valentine’s Day. The condoms are geared at helping couples consider population growth's threat to wildlife before getting hitched.

The colorful condom packages feature 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.”

They will be distributed by Center staff and volunteers in Orlando, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, San Francisco, Chicago, San Diego, New York and Austin — cities deemed the top 10 places to get married in 2019. They’ll be given away at over-21 events at museums and science centers, in Times Square and on college campuses.

“It’s a sure thing that a lot of couples will get engaged this Valentine's Day, but the future’s far less certain for wildlife in our increasingly crowded world,” said Sarah Baillie, Endangered Species Condoms coordinator at the Center. “As our population grows and urban sprawl destroys wild spaces, species we love pay the price. Endangered Species Condoms help lovebirds think about how family planning can help protect endangered birds and other animals as they start planning their life together.”

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 beginning of 2019, there were more than 328 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.

The distribution also coincides with the Center’s release of the Wildlife Friendly Wedding Guide, a resource to help couples make sustainable choices when planning their nuptials. Weddings are a multibillion-dollar-a-year industry in the United States. With all of the associated costs — from travel and food to flowers and party favors — the “big day” often comes at a big expense to wildlife and the environment.

The Guide’s advice includes helping partners talk about if and when they want to have children before they say “I do.”

“The habitat loss, resource depletion and climate change that come with rapid human population growth make it next to impossible for biodiversity to thrive. It's important to bring family planning into the wedding planning discussion,” said Baillie. “Endangered Species Condoms make starting that conversation easier, and they’re a more interesting Valentine than old standbys like flowers and chocolate.”

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.

Endangered species condoms

Endangered species condoms. Art by Shawn DiCriscio. Package design by Lori Lieber. Images are available for media use.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.4 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

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