Mountain gorilla photo by Alan Nudman

The Extinction Crisis

Unless we take action now, as many as two-thirds of all species could be near extinction by the end of this century. Saving the natural habitats where species live is critical. Your voice makes a difference!

African elephants, Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Nature Needs You Now

The United States and other nations can protect species and habitats around the world. But we need your help to show them it’s a priority.  Elected officials and the media need to know you care about saving species so the U.S. can do more to help countries and local communities save the species and ecosystems that we all rely on.  You can make a difference!  Send a letter urging Congress to take action to protect threatened habitats and species around the world.   Take Action »

The critically endangered Philippine eagle is threatened by logging, forest clearing for cultivation, and hunting

Species at Risk

Nearly one-quarter of the world’s mammal species are threatened or extinct.  Habitat loss, excessive hunting and illegal wildlife trade (use or sale of wildlife for pets, medicines or ornaments) are the main threats to their survival. Three-quarters of the world’s terrestrial plant and animal species are in developing nations without the economic means to adequately protect them. The amount of natural habitat conserved in those regions during the next few decades will determine how many species survive.  Learn More »

Fish provide food and jobs for millions of people, but fish stocks are threatened by overfishing and ocean habitat degradation

Why Saving Species Matters To You

We rely on ecosystems and species every day, even though we may not notice.  Forests, fisheries, fresh water, soils, coral reefs, wildlife and other natural resources provide us with building materials for our homes, food for our tables, clean water to drink and medicines to keep us healthy,  all while adding hundreds of billions of dollars of value to the world economy and providing jobs for people in the U.S. and around the world. Learn more »



featured species

Snow Leopard

Fewer than 6,500 snow leopards remain today.  Their population plummeted in the 1990s and has declined by another 20% over the past 16 years. These gorgeous cats have been hunted extensively for their coats. Although this hunting is now illegal poaching is still a major threat, along with human encroachment in their habitat and reduction of their natural prey populations due to competition with livestock.

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