Success Stories

Defenders of Wildlife has been protecting wildlife for more than 60 years, and we've got plenty of success stories to prove it. Below are some of our most recent wins for wildlife.

Gray Wolf, © Bruce Faanes
September 2014 - Federal protections for gray wolves in Wyoming were reinstated after a judge invalidated the delisting of the species.
September 2014 - The City Council of Ketchum in Blaine County unanimously passed a resolution requesting that the State of Idaho use nonlethal tools to manage wolf and livestock conflicts in Blaine County.
scalloped hammerhead, © Terry Goss 2008/Marine Photobank
September 2014 - Five species of shark and two species of manta ray have officially gained international protection!
July 2014 - A federal court has upheld Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s beach driving rule, which has been great news for sea turtles, piping plovers & tourism.
July 2014 - Restoring prairie dogs to Thunder Basin National Grassland is helping to lay the groundwork for bringing back other endangered species.
Scarlet macaw, © Maria Elena Sanchez
July 2014 - After being wiped out from the region more than 50 years ago, scarlet macaws are once again flying free in the Gulf of Mexico!
June 2014 - After years of fighting this deadly poison in the courts, we’re finally seeing success. A new agreement is taking the rodenticide d-CON off the shelves.
Military macaw, © Maria Elena Sanchez
June 2014 - Thanks to our monitoring program, dozens of Mexico's endangered military macaws were saved from poachers this year!
Bison, © Walter Novak
April, 2014 - A Montana court finally determined that the wild bison of Yellowstone, an animal that has roamed the continent for millennia, are indeed wild animals. This legal distinction has great value for the future of bison restoration.
Parrots, © Joan Eubank
April, 2014 - When a company in Mexico began to run TV ads promoting illegal parrot trade, Defenders of Wildlife sprang into action, ultimately leading the company to put an end to their ad campaign and striking a major victory.

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