Species at Risk

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Amphibians are facing many threats to their survival. Chytrid fungus, commercial trade of amphibians, habitat loss, pollution, pesticides, competition from invasive species and climate change are wreaking havoc on their numbers.
Polar bear, © Tom Schneider
Climate change is now one of the leading threats to wildlife. Find out what Defenders is doing to help animals around the country survive in a warming planet.
The law that is most vital to protecting wildlife often needs protection of its own.
forest, © Lindsay Kaun
When habitats are threatened, so are the animals who live there.
Reef Shark, © Ed Gullekson
Wildlife doesn’t stop at the U.S. border – so neither do we. We work internationally to protect wildlife around the world.
Grizzly Bear, © Ray Rafiti
We work to create and share strategies to encourage peaceful coexistence between people and wildlife.
Each spring, thousands of these shorebirds stop in the U.S. as they migrate from South America to the Canadian Arctic.
Clean energy can help fight climate change, but it has to be planned with wildlife in mind.