Black-footed ferret
Black-footed ferret
Black-footed ferret. Credit: J. Michael Lockhart / USFWS

Happy Birthday Endangered Species Act!

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is celebrating the Endangered Species Act's (ESA) 38th birthday. The ESA was enacted on December 28, 1973, to prevent the loss or harm of endangered and threatened species and to preserve the ecosystems upon which these species depend. All Americans can take pride in the fact that, under the ESA, the California condor, American alligator, Tennessee purple coneflower, Okaloosa darter and black-footed ferret have been brought back from the brink of extinction. Happy birthday!

History of the Endangered Species Act
Managing Threatened and Endangered Species in the Pacific Region
ESA Program Overview

Published on: Wednesday, December 28, 2011