The Endangered Species Act: A Wild Success

The Endangered Species Act is the strongest law for protecting biodiversity passed by any nation. Its purpose is to prevent the extinction of our most at-risk plants and animals, increase their numbers and effect their full recovery — and eventually their removal from the endangered list.

Currently the Act protects more than 1,400 plant and animal species in the United States and its territories, many of which are successfully recovering.

The Act is now in its 40th year. Over the past four decades, it has repeatedly demonstrated that — when used to the full extent of the law — it works. To date only 10 species protected under the Act have been declared extinct, and of these, eight were likely extinct before they were protected. In other words, the Act has been more than 99 percent successful at preventing extinction. Were it not for the Act, scientists estimate, at least 227 species would have likely gone extinct since the law’s passage.

Over the past four decades, the Act has prevented extinction 99 for percent of species under its protection.

The Endangered Species Act: A Wild Success



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About jensera

Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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