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.

April, 2013: Thanks to new regulations that Defenders proposed and worked hard to promote, Mexico is protecting vital sea turtle nesting habitat.
March, 2013: The 2013 CITES Conference was a historic one! Learn about important conservation progress made for sharks, frogs, turtles and more.
March, 2013: Defenders spearheaded a massive outreach campaign to spread the word about easy steps people can take to protect the critically endangered Florida panther.
February, 2013: After more than a decade of work, wolverines are a step closer to the federal protection they deserve!
In December 2012, after much outreach from Defenders and our supporters, the "no otter zone" is finally no more.
A Win for Wildlife! In April 2012 Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoed HB 1117, legislation that would have allowed state zoos and aquariums to lease state-owned land to conduct breeding and research on animals including giraffes, zebras and rhinos.
Florida Panther,  © SuperStock
In April 2012, Florida’s Hendry County put into effect a new slow speed nighttime panther zone on a 5.25 mile stretch of CR 832/Keri Road, a rural road that bisects the Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest.
In March 2012, in its first vote on the issue since 2008, the U.S. Senate decisively voted down a measure to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration.
On March 19, 2012, about 60 genetically pure bison were relocated from a quarantine facility outside Yellowstone National Park to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in eastern Montana.
On October 17, 2011, a federal judge struck down a Bush administration rule that exempted greenhouse gas emissions from regulation under provisions of the Endangered Species Act.

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