Defenders of Wildlife

Nancy Hunter shows her support for the ESAWhy Does Wildlife Matter to You? 

The House of Representatives recently passed legislation that would gut the Endangered Species Act, and the Senate could soon follow. 

Submit your story and/or photo about why protecting wildlife matters to you.*

Help us remind Washington why protecting our treasured wild animals and great wild places is so important. We'll post as many of your stories as possible on this page and share them with the media and the Senators who will decide the fate of the Endangered Species Act.

Please do not submit copyrighted photos or other content.

People from across the country are standing up and speaking out on why they think we need to protect our vanishing wildlife. Here's what just a few have to say...

The Protector, The Predator, The Teacher

The Protector, The Predator, The Teacher

We Are the Caretakers

Hornets for lunch

A year when the hornets dropped in every afternoon for lunch with the cats.


A raccoon came to visit, and pretended to be a cat.

Our Natural World

We Are All Related

Animals teach us how to live.

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Join the Wildlife Story Corps!

Submit your own story or picture and let the whole world know why you think protecting our wildlife is so important. We'll post appropriate stories on our website and share the best ones with members of Congress and the media (with your permission).

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Help Us Save the ESA!

Your donation will help us organize local events in key states and place print, radio and television ads to help fund our effort to save the Endangered Species Act and the treasured wildlife and wild places that it protects.

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