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.

Reef Shark, © Ed Gullekson
February, 2014 - After outcry from state officials and conservationists, including Defenders of Wildlife, the National Marine Fisheries Service backs off an attempt to nullify state bans on shark fins.
Sage-Grouse, Photo: USFWS Pacific Southwest Region
December 2013 - Along with volunteers and conservation colleagues from partner organizations, Defenders' team flagged miles of fencing to protect imperiled sage-grouse from collisions.
December, 2013 - As Defenders and many others consistently urged her to do, Secretary Jewell made the right decision, and will not allow a road to be built through some of the most ecologically sensitive habitat in the U.S.
December, 2013 - As part of an international effort to cut down on the devastating impact of the fin trade on shark species, Defenders helped organize a shark identification workshop in Brazil that was attended by officials from all over the continent.
December, 2013 - Endangered North Atlantic right whales can breathe a sigh of relief! The slow-speed zones we worked so hard to gain to protect these whales from ship strikes are finally and officially permanent.
October-December, 2013 - The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service held several public hearings on their proposal to delist most gray wolves in the U.S. And at each one, Defenders was there in force.
December, 2013 - Thanks in part to Defenders and our advocates, the USDA’s Inspector General will be undertaking an audit of Wildlife Services’ Predator Control program in 2014.
October, 2013 - Along with our conservation partners, our Montana team helped release 32 black-footed-ferrets onto Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, restoring these endangered animals to their native habitat.
October, 2013 - Thanks to extensive outreach and advocacy from Defenders and our partners, CA Governor Brown has signed historic legislation into law that requires the use of non-lead ammunition in hunting.
September, 2013 - How would trained responders go about getting polar bears clean and healthy if an oil spill were to happen in the Arctic? We worked with local partners to create tools to do just that.

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