We face a profound extinction crisis. With threats like habitat destruction, toxic pesticides and climate change, we're losing animals at up to 10,000 times the historic extinction rate.
That's why the Center for Biological Diversity is working to get our nation's rarest animals protected under the Endangered Species Act. In petitions to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, our scientists gather data on downward population spirals and document the threats to their survival.
In a win for more than a dozen species, our petitions have garnered a response from the Service to consider whether eight salamanders, a turtle, three snakes, two lizards, two birds and a minnow deserve federal protection.
But that protection isn't yet secured. We need your help to do it.
We can save all 17 of these animals -- from the orange-throated wood turtle, which stomps its front feet to cause earthworm prey to surface, to the lesser slender salamander -- usually just over 1 inch long.
October 14, 2015 Action Alert ID# 285
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