Building public awareness of, and support for, recognizing and recovering endangered species in the wild.

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Which wildlife species is not under the protection of the Endangered Species Act?

  • Polar Bear
  • African Elephant
  • Plains American bison

Numbering fewer than threatened African Savanna and Forest elephants (415,428) and threatened polar bears (26,000), plains American bison in the wild (18,748) are not listed or protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Which wildlife species has lost the most habitat and range?

  • Grizzly Bear
  • Plains American bison
  • Gunnison Sage-grouse

While the threatened Gunnison sage-grouse has lost 92%, and the threatened grizzly bear in the lower 48 states has lost 98%, the plains American bison has lost 99% of their habitat and range.

Here are actions you can take on Endangered Species Day raising public awareness wild American bison deserve Endangered Species Act protection:

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