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.
Millions of bison once thundered across the Great Plains. Today, wild bison are making a small comeback, but they need more room to roam.
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.
Although still endangered, black-footed ferrets are starting to make a comeback, and Defenders of Wildlife is helping to make this a remarkable wildlife success story.
This bird once dominated the skies over the western U.S. But through habitat loss and toxins, humans have put the condor in a steep decline.
As a result of historic trapping and continued habitat loss, there may be as few as 1,000 lynx remaining in the lower 48.
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.
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