One year ago today, the Center for Biological Diversity reached a major agreement requiring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make protection decisions for a whopping 757 species within five years. Since the agreement, hundreds of plants and animals have moved closer to protection, and 21 have been put on the endangered species list.
The Fish and Wildlife Service has already made protection decisions for 567 species (note that several decisions are required for each species along the path to listing). Of these, 522 species got positive decisions, for a success rate of 92 percent — showing that under this agreement the agency is, for the most part, deciding in species’ favor.
Another 54 species were proposed for protection, meaning they need and deserve it and should be granted it within a year. And 442 species got initial positive decisions and will now receive full status reviews.
Click to read about some of the first year’s notable successes.
Click to see the species in alphabetical order, by year of their protection decision, by taxon or via an interactive state-by-state map.
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Inga Yandell
Explorer and media producer, passionate about nature, culture and travel. Combining science and conservation with investigative journalism to provide resources and opportunities for creative exploration.