At Defenders of Wildlife, facilitating balanced and sustainable coexistence between our planet’s incredible wildlife and our diverse global societies is our top priority.

We stand firm in our convictions to speak up for increased protections for imperiled species and push for strong global policies that will promote the foundation of life itself, biodiversity.

Defenders of Wildlife’s passionate team of international lawyers and advocates are in Panama for the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, called CITES for short.

We will be tracking the proposals for hundreds of species and advocating for their passage by the full body of parties at the end of the convention; however, in particular we will be putting our weight behind the proposals to list the full family of glass frogs, the full family of requiem sharks, aquatic turtles, horned lizards, freshwater stingrays and neotropical trees, which play an outsized role in supporting biodiverse rainforest ecosystems.

See our fact sheets below for more information on these species:


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