Species at Risk
At the same time heroic efforts are being undertaken to restore wolves in the lower 48 states, wolves in Alaska are often the victims of controversial predator-control programs.
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.
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.
Cook Inlet belugas are the most isolated and genetically distinct of Alaska’s five beluga populations, separated from the others by the geographic barrier of the Alaska Peninsula for over 10,000 years. Their previous range had been most or all of Cook Inlet, but today that range is much smaller.
The law that is most vital to protecting wildlife often needs protection of its own.
The Florida black bear, a unique subspecies of the American black bear, once numbered an estimated 12,000 animals that roamed throughout Florida and into the southern portions of adjacent states.
When habitats are threatened, so are the animals who live there.
Wildlife doesn’t stop at the U.S. border – so neither do we. We work internationally to protect wildlife around the world.
Defenders works to create and share strategies to encourage peaceful coexistence between people and wildlife.
Today, wolves are back in the Northern Rockies thanks to a highly successful reintroduction program and dedicated conservation efforts. But the species’ recovery is far from over.