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Defenders of Wildlife





In 1947, Defenders of Furbearers, the organization that would later become Defenders of Wildlife, was founded. In 2009, over sixty years later, Defenders of Wildlife employs over 150 dedicated professionals and is supported by more than 500,000 members nationwide. The organization has evolved to take on the task of preserving the nation's native wildlife species and habitats. Defenders of Wildlife is committed to protecting wildlife across the nation and even across international borders.

Successes and Projects

Polar Bears:
In 2008, Defenders of Wildlife along with a coalition of other organizations filed a lawsuit in order to stop oil and gas drilling activities in Alaska's Chukchi Sea. The Chuckchi Sea is populated by endangered polar bears and other native animals, and the conservation lawsuit succeeded in preventing dangerous drilling from being completed.

Gray Wolves:
Defenders of Wildlife, along with other conservation organizations, succeeded in getting gray wolves put back on the Endangered Species List in 2010. As a result of removal from the list previously, almost 20% of the total gray wolf population was killed in 2009 alone. The fate of the gray wolves, which are found in parts of the Northern Rockies, demonstrates the perils of delisting endangered species.

Sea Turtles:
Sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico faced threats from bottom longline fishing - sharp hooks on fishing lines that were drowning and killing the turtles. Thanks to Defenders of Wildlife, the National Marine Fisheries Service closed the bottom longline fishery in the Gulf of Mexico for six months in order to help protect the endangered sea turtles.

How You Can Help

Donate to Defenders of Wildlife.

Learn about other ways to give to Defenders of Wildlife such as giving stocks and getting matching gifts from your employers.

Visit the Wildlife Adoption and Gift Center to learn about how to adopt an endangered animal in the wild.

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