The Center for Biological Diversity has a few messages to pass along.
"For the sake of the horned lizard, slow down, love wizard." "Can't refrain? Remember the whooping crane." "Fumbling in the dark? Think of the monarch."
The Tucson-based environmental advocacy group, with offices throughout the U.S. and active in Florida trying to protect endangered species, is using condoms to spread its message of saving animals in danger of extinction.
For several years, it's distributed 10,000 condoms annually to coincide with the United Nations-proclaimed World Population Day, which was July 11. The goal, says the Center for Biological Diversity, is "to help volunteers start the conversation about the impact of runaway human population growth on polar bears, monarch butterflies and other imperiled wildlife."
The actual condoms don't have the witty sayings or images of the animals on them but the packages do.
In years past, featured animals were the burying beetle ("cover your tweedle, save the burying beetle"), Florida panther ("don't go bare, panthers are rare") and seahorses ("safe intercourse saves the dwarf seahorse").
This year, in addition to horned lizards, whooping cranes and monarch butterflies, the organization features polar bears, sea otters and hellbenders (aquatic salamanders).
The condoms are being distributed at festivals and other events. The group's Florida's effort this year is aimed at the whooping crane, an endangered species and the tallest U.S. bird. It's estimated there are fewer than 500 in the wild.
"These condoms are a great way to get the conversation started about a serious issue," the center says. "Extinction isn't just a problem somewhere else but a problem everywhere, including in our own backyards."