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Partners: Yosemite National Park
Status: Endangered / Listed April 20, 2999/
Scientific Name: Ovis canadensis ssp. sierrae
Overview: Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are the rarest mountain sheep in North America. After the population dropped to around 100 animals in 1995, this unique sub-species was listed as an endangered species. In the spring of 2015, these charismatic animals were released into the heart of Yosemite for the first time in over 100 years.
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Prairie Butterfly Conservation (10:37)
Partners: Minnesota Zoo and Morrie's Automotive Group
Status: Endangered / Listed March 11, 1967
Scientific Name: Grus americana
Overview: Morrie's and the Minnesota Zoo are working together to help endangered and special concern butterflies. Prairie Butterfly Conservation includes watching for special concern species as well as tagging Monarch Butterflies before they migrate to Mexico in the fall. You can participate in the Monarch migration by keeping an eye out for tagged Monarch Butterflies and reporting the tag number @ monarchwatch.org
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Partners: Minnesota Zoo
Partners: San Diego Zoo Global and State of Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife
Partners: Georgia Outdoors
Partners: Santa Barbara Zoo, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, and others
Partners: San Diego Zoo Global
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.
Partners: Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and the Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex
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.
Partners: University of Wyoming, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Saratoga National Fish Hatchery, and many others
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.
Partners: Sea Bird Protection Network