New Protections for 32 Endangered Species
In 2016, as a result of our remarkably productive 757 species agreement, the Center successfully obtained federal protection -- and a new lease on life -- for no fewer than 32 species, bringing the total protected so far to 176. These included numerous urgently imperiled species in Hawaii (plants, birds and insects) and five species in Samoa (two birds, two snails and a bat). An elusive orchid was protected in the Southeast after 41 years on the waiting list.
We also secured protection for 2.5 million acres of critical habitat, including 1.8 million for Sierra Nevada amphibians. Meanwhile our work to save America's jaguars hit the big time: More than 20 million people saw the video we released of "El Jefe" earlier this year.
Our legal work overturned a decision denying protection to American wolverines -- severely threatened by climate change -- and forced Mendocino County, Calif., to cancel its contract with Wildlife Services, a federal program that kills millions of animals every year.