Borderlands: Communities of Hope »

California condor. Mexican long-nosed bat. Sonoran pronghorn. Mexican gray wolf. These are iconic, imperiled species of the American Southwest and northeastern Mexico. They are truly binational — their survival depends on cross-border habitat and coordinated recovery partnerships between U.S. and Mexican agencies, NGOs and individuals. In the long-term, these and other species must be able to freely… Read more »

Borderlands: Divide and Conquer »

There’s a reason “divide and conquer” has remained a tried-and-true strategy for millennia — it works. Unfortunately for conservation hotspots on the U.S.-Mexico border — identified in Defenders’ groundbreaking report In the Shadow of the Border Wall — the border wall will divide habitats, driving already imperiled species towards extinction. Human activities are already endangering nature in the borderlands. Excessive water use,… Read more »

Borderlands: Biological Hotspots »

A border wall would devastate wildlife in the U.S. and Mexico. Defenders’ ground-breaking new report In the Shadow of the Wall explains how the wall would affect five critical conservation hotspots — areas with great biodiversity and immense investment in protected lands. These are the last refuges for many imperiled border species already under assault from overgrazing, exotic species,… Read more »

Happy National Ferret Day! »

National Ferret Day, celebrated April 2nd of each year, is also a day to recognize the importance of the domestic ferret’s wild counterpart, the black-footed ferret, a native species of the Great Plains. With its cream-colored silky fur and bandit-masked face, the endangered black-footed ferret is cute but rarely seen due to its nocturnal behavior. This animal… Read more »

Last Chance for the Vaquita »

The world smallest and most endangered porpoise is literally on its last fins. According to the latest population estimate by the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita (CIRVA) there are fewer than 30 vaquitas left in the Upper Gulf of California, the only place on Earth where they are found. In 2014, CIRVA… Read more »