Wildlife and Wild Lands

Protect endangered plants and animals that call national parks home.

About this Site

From California condors to Florida panthers, there are more than 1,600 threatened and endangered species throughout the United States. And while only about a third of those species are found in national parks, places like Great Smoky Mountains, Glacier, and Big Bend National Parks provide some of the best, last or most protected habitats for these plants and animals.

This site provides a snapshot of how the protections provided by national parks and by the Endangered Species Act work together to protect species for the long term.

Learn more about the plants and animals found in specific national parks or explore our map to see how endangered species are spread throughout national parks across the country.

About NPCA

Since our founding in 1919, National Parks Conservation Association has been the independent, nonpartisan voice working to strengthen and protect America's favorite places.

With 1.3 million members and supporters beside us, we are the voice of America’s national parks, working to protect and preserve our nation’s most iconic and inspirational places for present and future generations. We celebrate the parks — and work tirelessly to defend them — whether on the ground, in the courtroom or on Capitol Hill.

From our national headquarters in Washington, D.C., and 27 locations nationwide, we call on our program and policy experts, committed volunteers, staff lobbyists, community organizers and communications specialists to inform and inspire the public and to influence decision makers to ensure that our national parks are well protected.

The views expressed on this website are those of the National Parks Conservation Association and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Park Service or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Contact Us

For policy-makers:

Christina Hazard
Associate Director, Government Affairs
202.223.6722
chazard@npca.org

For media:

Kati Schmidt
Associate Director, Communications
415.847.1768
kschmidt@npca.org

For researchers:

Ryan Valdez
Senior Manager, Conservation Science & Policy
202.223.6722
rvaldez@npca.org