Wildly in Love? Endangered Species Condoms Launched

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Looking to go wild in the bedroom? Try some endangered species condoms on for size.

Thanks to the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), you can add some teeth to your love life with prophylactics sporting images of six species on the brink. Those include your usual suspects–polar bears and jaguars–but also some more esoteric characters, like the coquí guajón rock frog (it lives in Puerto Rican caves, FYI).

Starting on Valentine’s Day, the Arizona-based conservation group will give out 100,000 of the condoms, which urge people to “Hump smarter, save the snail darter” (above left) or “Wear a jimmy hat, save the big cat.” You can find them in bars, supermarkets, schools, and public events, or order a free package on the Web site. A lucky five will get a lifetime supply of the rubbers.

The CBD hopes that the campaign will draw attention to overpopulation–there are now 6.8 billion people, and that number is projected to reach at least 9 billion by 2050.

That crush of humanity is destroying wildlife habitat at an unprecedented rate, due to suburban sprawl, logging, mining, and more, condom-campaign leader Randy Serraglio said in a statement.

Likewise, the current species extinction rate is about a thousand times more than the natural rate that has existed for millions of years. And unlike natural extinctions, most animals and plants are dying out because of a single species: us.

The condoms “are designed to capture peoples’ attention, get them laughing, and get them talking about the impact of overpopulation on our small and fragile planet,” Serraglio said.

That may be true, but I wonder if more people will get them for the novelty factor–after all, having a serious discussion about overpopulation might just ruin the mood.

Christine Dell’Amore


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Christine Dell'Amore, environment writer/editor for National Geographic News, has reported from six continents, including Antarctica. She has also written for Smithsonian magazine and the Washington Post. Christine holds a masters degree in journalism with a specialty in environmental reporting from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her book, South Pole, was published in 2012.