Species at Risk

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Wildlife doesn’t stop at the U.S. border – so neither do we. We work internationally to protect wildlife around the world.
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.
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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.
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While all wildlife has inherent value, some species serve a vital role in their ecosystem, enabling countless other species to survive and thrive. Plants, animals and insects like these are called “focal species,” of which there are five types.
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When habitats are threatened, so are the animals who live there.
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We work to create and share strategies to encourage peaceful coexistence between people and wildlife.
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The law that is most vital to protecting wildlife often needs protection of its own.
Each spring, thousands of these shorebirds stop in the U.S. as they migrate from South America to the Canadian Arctic.