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Pre ESA

San Joaquin kit fox

Pre ESA

The San Joaquin kit fox was among the first species to gain federal protection under the Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1966. More »

1970s

Higgins eye pearlymussel

1970s

The Higgins eye pearlymussel was among the first invertebrates to gain Endangered Species Act protection in 1976. More »

1980s

Black-footed ferret

1980s

A ranch dog retrieves a black-footed ferret – presumed extinct – in 1981 near Meeteetse, Wyoming. More »

1990s

California condor

1990s

The California condor is reintroduced back into the wild in southern California after its removal from the wild in 1988. More »

2000s

Bald eagle

2000s

After nearly disappearing from most of the U.S., the bald eagle recovers and is removed from ESA protection in 2007. More »

2010s

Chiricahua leopard frog

2010s

In August 2011, the 10,000th captive-bred Chiricauha leopard frog is released into the wild. More »

The island night lizard, found only on the Channel Islands off the coast of California, has reached a historic milestone. After 36 years of protection under the Endangered Species Act, the species has successfully recovered and will be removed from federal protection. More

Indiana bats are found over most of the eastern half of the United States. Almost half of them hibernate in caves in southern Indiana... More

Biologists put tracking devices on adult whooping cranes captured on Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, where the birds winter on the Texas coast... More

  • Featured State Story:
    Partnership Helps a Small Lizard Stage a Big Comeback More »
    Read Read more success stories from around the country.

  • Featured Species:
    Conserving the Indiana Bat More »

  • Partnership Story:
    Whooping Crane Tracking Study Underway More »

Know Your Species

View our new interactive map to learn about endangered species success in your state or territory.

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Media Kit/Resources

A collection of resources to help journalists build their story, coloring pages for children to learn about endangered species across the country, and other tools to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. More »

   Species on Refuges

National wildlife refuges are home to more than 280 of the nation's 1,311 endangered and threatened species.



ESA 101 video

For 40 years, the Endangered Species Act has protected America's imperiled plants and animals—from the carnivorous green pitcher plant of Southeastern wetlands, to the western snowy plover of northwestern beaches, to the iconic polar bear of the Arctic.

This video takes us through the successes the ESA has brought in the last four decades, and looks ahead to the work that still needs to be done.
Last updated: March 31, 2014