The Endangered Species Act (ESA) delivers remarkable successes. Looking back on the law's 45-year history, we recognize that it has helped stabilize populations of species at risk, prevent the extinction of many others, and conserve the habitats upon which they depend. All Americans can take pride in the fact that, under the ESA, the California condor, grizzly bear, Okaloosa darter, whooping crane, and black-footed ferret have all been brought back from the brink of extinction. We can also celebrate that many other species no longer need ESA protection and have been removed from the list of endangered and threatened species, including the bald eagle—the very symbol of our nation's strength.
Find Endangered Species
Learn how many and which species...
- are listed in the United States as threatened or endangered?
- are listed in each State?
- are listed in other countries?
- are listed and are under the primary responsibility of the NOAA Fisheries (NMFS)?
- were the first species to be listed?
- are proposed for listing?
- are candidates for listing?
- are proposed species under the primary responsibility of the NOAA Fisheries (NMFS)?
- have been petitioned for listing?
- have critical habitat designated?
- have special rules under section 4(d) to customize the protections of the ESA?
- have been removed from the List (delisted) and why?
- have been reclassified (change in status)?
- are proposed for a status change or delisting? (this report includes proposals for new experimental populations, similarity of appearance protection, reclassification to endangered, and reclassification to threatened)