The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s International Affairs Program coordinates domestic and international efforts to protect, restore, and enhance the world’s diverse wildlife and their habitats with a focus on species of international concern. We envision a world where all people value nature and conserve living resources for the well-being of life on Earth.


Since 1989, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has provided more than 4,000 grants for international conservation totaling nearly $250 million. We have worked with nearly 900 partners in developing countries, who have contributed more than $390 million in matching support for these projects, more than doubling the impact of our support.

Wildlife, fish, and plants do not recognize national boundaries.

We work with people to conserve nature.

Conservation of wildlife is a global responsibility, with the survival of species largely dependent on habitats extending beyond national boundaries. With human populations growing – and corresponding increases in development, pollution, and consumption of natural resources – the need for international collaboration has never been greater.

Some of the world’s most treasured and iconic animals are dangerously close to extinction. Destruction of natural habitat and the illegal and unsustainable trade in wildlife and plants are increasingly important threats to species and habitats in parts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, devastating populations of tigers, great apes, elephants, marine turtles, and many other cherished species.

If we want to save these species from extinction, we have to work across borders. Through our conservation programs, we are doing just that: helping local people to value and protect the world’s most treasured wildlife and habitats.

Species Programs: We help to conserve some of the world’s most iconic and endangered animals in the habitats that they and other species depend on.

Regional Programs: We strengthen capacity throughout the regions we work in, developing priority programs and partnerships to bring together key stakeholder groups to solve conservation problems.