Partners Across The US Celebrate Annual Endangered Species Day

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The 9th annual national Endangered Species Day will be celebrated on Friday with special events and programs that recognize the nation’s efforts to conserve and protect America’s most imperiled species.

“As Americans, we can be incredibly proud of our promise to keep species from going extinct,” said Leda Huta, executive director of the Endangered Species Coalition, primary sponsor of Endangered Species Day. “The Endangered Species Act has been more than 99 percent successful at preventing extinction.

That is quite a track record, and Endangered Species
Day is a chance for all of us to join in celebrating this incredible success.”

“Endangered Species Day offers us an opportunity to recognize the uncertain future faced by many of our nation’s most iconic species and to work together to preserve our priceless natural heritage,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. “For over 40 years, the Endangered Species Act has played an integral role in wildlife conservation and has ensured that future generations can continue to enjoy the species that surround us today.”

National wildlife refuges, parks, botanical gardens, schools, libraries, museums, community groups and conservation organizations hold tours, exhibits, restoration projects, classroom discussions, field trips and other activities on Endangered Species Day and throughout the month. This
year’s events range throughout the country and include the Endangered Species Day festival at the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., habitat restoration projects in California, New Mexico, Oregon, Colorado, and Wisconsin, and special programs at more than one-hundred zoos and aquariums across the country.

“AZA is proud to be a partner in Endangered Species Day as it is more important than ever for us to work together to help raise awareness about the ever-increasing threats that endangered species are facing in their natural ranges,” said AZA President & CEO Jim Maddy. “Each year,
AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums collectively contribute $160 million to directly support 2,650 field conservation projects in more than 130 countries. AZA is also dedicated to engaging the 182 million people who visit AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums each year to help save species on
Endangered Species Day and every day.”

"Started in 2006 by the United States Senate, Endangered Species Day is a celebration of our nation’s imperiled plants and wildlife and wild places, with an emphasis on success stories of species recovery and the everyday actions people can take to protect our disappearing wildlife and last remaining open spaces. The Endangered Species Act has prevented hundreds of listed species from going extinct. Co-administered by the Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the purpose of the Act is to conserve imperiled species and the ecosystems upon which they depend," official said

For more information about Endangered Species Day, including a list of events occurring throughout the country, visitwww.endangeredspeciesday.org.

To learn more about the Service’s Endangered Species program, and explore what
endangered species are near you, please visit www.fws.gov/endangered.



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