Endangered Species
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Partnership Stories

The Ecological Services Program works formally and informally with a large variety of groups and individuals to further species conservation. Partnerships for protecting and recovering endangered and threatened species have been established between the Ecological Services Program and other U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service programs, other federal agencies, state governments, private landowners, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and American Indian tribes.

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California Condor Chick Hatches at Kofords Ridge (2:06)

Partners: Santa Barbara Zoo, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, and others

California condor. Credit: USFWS
Status: endangered / Listed March 11, 1967
Scientific Name: Gymnogyps californianus
Overview: On April 4, 2016, a California condor egg hatched in the wild, and for the first time in history, anyone with an Internet connection could watch it.

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First 'Alalā of 2016 Hatches at Hawaiian Bird Center (2:35)

Partners: San Diego Zoo Global

Hawaiian crow ('alala). Credit: USFWS
Status: endangered / Listed March 11, 1967
Scientific Name: Corvus hawaiiensis
Overview: Animal care staff at San Diego Zoo Global's Hawai'i Endangered Bird Conservation Program are celebrating the first Hawaiian crow, or 'alalā, to be hatched in the 2016 breeding season. Later this year, hatched 'alalā chicks will go back to their native forests on the Big Island of Hawai'i.

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Lahontan Cutthroat Trout: A prehistoric legend returns (2:35)

Partners: Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and the Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex

Lahontan cutthroat trout. Credit: USFWS
Status: threatened / Listed October 13, 1970
Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus clarkii henshawi
Overview: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe are working together to restore the ancient Pilot Peak strain of Lahontan cutthroat trout – once thought extinct – back to its native waters of Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River.

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Can We Save These Rare Toads From Extinction? (4:48)

Partners: University of Wyoming, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Saratoga National Fish Hatchery, and many others

Wyoming toad. Credit: USFWS
Status: endangered / Listed January 17, 1984
Scientific Name: Bufo hemiophrys ssp. baxteri
Overview: Habitat loss, climate change, and a fungus are all factors in the decline of the Wyoming toad. The species was listed as endangered in 1984 and declared extinct in the wild not long after. But efforts to raise the animals in captivity have been successful.

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Seabird Protection Network: Restoration to Recovery Through Partnerships & Collaboration (7:37)

Partners: Sea Bird Protection Network

Local aircraft. Credit: Seabird Protection Network.
Overview: The Seabird Protection Network and the local aviation community discuss the importance of flying high—at or above 1,000 feet—along California's coast where seabirds breed and nest.

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Last updated: May 17, 2016