Keep Critical Clean Water Act Protections

Wildlife and humans depend on clean, safe water to survive. Act now to protect wetlands and streams!

Coexisting with Orcas

To honor our incredible wildlife, Defenders has declared this the Year of Coexistence and the month of June is all about orcas!

Donate Now

Up to a million species are facing extinction – some within the next decade – unless we take immediate action to save them. You can be a part of the solution for endangered species: support efforts to protect the wild right now!

Our Strategy

Defenders of Wildlife works on the ground, in the courts, and on Capitol Hill to protect and restore imperiled wildlife and habitats across North America. Together, we can ensure a future for the wildlife and wild places we all love.

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Our Work & Impact

public comments to stop the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to roll back red wolf protections and helped garner the North Carolina governor’s support for red wolf recovery.
volunteer scientists documenting wolverines, fishers, lynxes and—for the first time—wolverine kits in the Bitterroot National Forest in the 4th year of our Wolverine Watchers program.
scientists signed a Defenders testimonial that a U.S.-Mexico border wall would devastate the borderlands ecosystem—home to ocelots, Mexican gray wolves, butterflies and ferruginous pygmy owls.


Washington, DC

Pro-Wildlife Package Sails Through House; House Defeats Bad Arctic Refuge, Right Whale Riders

The House has approved key natural resource sections in the Interior-Environment and Commerce-Justice-Science funding bills, of H.R. 3055, the second minibus of fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills. The Interior Appropriations bill provides an extraordinary $37 million increase for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s endangered species program to support recovery efforts for our most vulnerable species.