Center for Biological Diversity

Media Advisory, May 18, 2023

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Stephanie Kurose, (203) 524-0562, skurose@biologicaldiversity.org

Connecticut Celebration to Mark 50 Years of Endangered Species Act Success

BRIDGEPORT, Conn.— The Center for Biological Diversity will join Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo on Friday, May 19, to celebrate Endangered Species Day and the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act.

Signed into law by President Nixon in 1973, the Endangered Species Act is the world’s most successful law for protecting animals and plants from extinction. Since its passage the Act has prevented the extinction of about 300 species, including the piping plover and small whorled pogonia, which can both be found in Connecticut. More than 99% of the species under its care have been saved or are on the road to recovery.

Friday’s event, featuring Sen. Blumenthal and speakers from the zoo and Center, coincides with Endangered Species Day, an annual event that brings thousands of people from around the world to celebrate, learn and take action to protect threatened and endangered species.

“No law has done more to save our wildlife from extinction than the Endangered Species Act,” said Stephanie Kurose, a senior policy specialist at the Center. “If not for the Act, we wouldn’t see bald eagles soaring from coast to coast, piping plovers scurrying along our beaches, and grizzlies and wolves roaming the Rockies. We should protect the Endangered Species Act so the preservation of our natural heritage can continue.”

What: Celebrating Endangered Species Day and the 50th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act.

When: 9 a.m. EST, Friday, May 19.

Where: Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06610

Who: Stephanie Kurose, senior policy specialist at the Center, will be speaking at the event and available for comment.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.7 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

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