Protecting Endangered Species

From majestic mammals like bison and grizzly bears to tiny desert wildflowers, America harbors a remarkable array of plant and animal species.

Unfortunately many of our species have not fared well over the past few decades, suffering from threats such as habitat loss and the spread of invasive species.

Scientists estimate that up to one-third of U.S. species are at increased risk of extinction, and more than 1,600 U.S. plants and animals already have been federally listed as threatened or endangered and protected under the Endangered Species Act.

The National Wildlife Federation has long has been focused on protecting the most vulnerable of our wild species.

Our Approach

The National Wildlife Federation works to defend, strengthen, fund, and ensure effective implementation of the Endangered Species Act and other core wildlife protection laws.

State Wildlife Action Plans

One of the best ways to protect endangered species is to prevent their decline and deterioration in the first place. Toward that end, National Wildlife Federation works to maintain healthy populations of fish, wildlife, and plant species through promoting broad-based conservation efforts such as State Wildlife Action Plans. National Wildlife Federation is advocating for passage of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, which is a bold new approach for providing the funding needed to carry out these proactive conservation plans.

Climate Change

Climate change is making the protection of endangered species increasingly challenging. Climate change not only affects our plants and animals directly—through changes in temperature and precipitation for instance—but can worsen the impact on endangered species of traditional threats, such as invasive species, wildfires and diseases.

The National Wildlife Federation is playing a leadership role in developing and promoting innovative approaches for climate-smart conservation that can safeguard endangered species and other wildlife in the face of a changing climate.

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Where We Work

More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. We're on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 52 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.

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