Publications

Defenders of Wildlife produces many reports, fact sheets, tip sheets and other types of publications.

Use the dropdown boxes below to find publications related to specific animals, conservation issues, and regions.

© Ed Gullekson
This bi-annual newsletter is prepared by the co-chairs of the Species Survival Network Shark Working group, Alejandra Goyenechea (Defenders of Wildlife) and Rebecca Regnery (Humane Society International). The newsletter provides a summary of the latest international and regional shark news, and an analysis of the latest actions and regulations regarding sharks.
This bi-annual newsletter is prepared by the co-chairs of the Species Survival Network Shark Working group, Alejandra Goyenechea (Defenders of Wildlife) and Rebecca Regnery (Humane Society International). The newsletter provides a summary of the latest international and regional shark news, and an analysis of the latest actions and regulations regarding sharks.
Sea Turtle, © Christina Albright-Mundy
This quick guide presents the illustrations of six species and one subspecies of sea turtles found in Mexico - (in English & Spanish).
The biodiversity of the Southeastern United States is threatened by the combination of the high number of imperiled species and high projected human population growth in the coming decades. Conservation planning for imperiled species requires identifying the areas where efforts are most likely to avert extinction.
“Our nation’s public lands are vast and varied. We need to take a close look at these resources to determine where it makes sense to develop renewable energy and – just as importantly – where it does not.”
scalloped hammerhead, © Terry Goss 2008/Marine Photobank
Illegal wildlife products come in all shapes and sizes, and enter the United States from all over the world. To better understand this illicit trade and identify tracking trends, we analyzed data on shipments denied entry to the U.S. from 2005 to 2014.
Rabbit, © James Sweitzer
This white paper is the third in a series laying out Defenders of Wildlife's vision for the Endangered Species Act (ESA) over the next 10 years. The ESA is the most important and far-reaching wildlife conservation law in the United States, and Defenders has long been a leading advocate for science-based, pragmatic interpretation and implementation of the law.
Wildlife shipments were denied entry to the United States from at least 214 countries and territories worldwide between 2005 and 2014, according to data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Law Enforcement Management Information System (LEMIS). To get a better understanding of this data, Defenders of Wildlife looked closely at the trade routes used for these shipments.
The illegal trade in live animals is a booming business involving pet stores, collectors and individuals seeking exotic species from around the world. To get a handle on this trade, Defenders of Wildlife analyzed data form the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Law Enforcement Management Information System on wildlife shipments containing live animals that were denied entry to the United States from 2005 to 2014.
© Ed Gullekson
The Latin American region, including Mexico and the Caribbean, is often overlooked in the discussion on wildlife trafficking. However, in the last decade, from 2005 to 2014, 13,325 shipments of wildlife and wildlife products—out of 49,334 worldwide—originated in Latin America and were denied entry by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at U.S. ports of entry.

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