South Florida Ecological Services Field Office
Southeast Region


South Florida Listed Species
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Candidate Conservation Program

Candidate species are plants and animals for which the Service has sufficient information on their biological status and threats to propose them as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act, but development of a listing regulation is precluded by other higher priority listing activities.

The Candidate Conservation Program provides a means for conserving these species. Early conservation preserves management options, minimizes the cost of recovery, and reduces the potential for restrictive land use policies in the future. Effective candidate conservation may reverse the species' decline, ultimately eliminating the need for Endangered Species Act protection.

Candidate Species in South Florida

Gopher tortoise
Gopher tortoise - Gopherus polyphemus
Last updated: May 3, 2019