Check out our Eco Pals!

Our Eco Pal plush animals are doing their part to reduce the amount of plastic litter on our lands and in our oceans. 

Coexisting with Manatees

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

Donate Today

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 support 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.

Image
blue mountains

Our Work & Impact

37K+
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.
140
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.
3K+
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.

News

Tucson, Ariz.

Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy Owl May Get Protected Again

As part of a lawsuit, the Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife today obtained a court-enforceable deadline — Aug. 5, 2021 — for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to decide whether the pygmy owl should again be protected as an endangered species.