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.

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.
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.

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