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Protecting Endangered Species

Key Issue

In keeping with our mission, the National Aquarium is committed to:

  • Tackling the issues facing endangered species. We wholeheartedly support the Endangered Species Act, which has been a crucial part of the progress our country has made in saving species on the brink of extinction.
  • Joining with other institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to support the Endangered Species Act and advance the issue of wildlife conservation.
  • Informing and educating our guests, members and local community about wildlife conservation efforts and why they're important.

We care about this issue because:

  • Science shows us that the Endangered Species Act is working. Work supported by the Endangered Species Act has prevented the extinction of 99 percent of the species it has protected.
  • Wildlife does more than dazzle us. We rely on healthy ecosystems to protect our coasts and communities, clean the air we breathe and support a diversity of other species that fuel us and our economies.

We help protect and support endangered species by:

  • Educating the 1.3 million people who visit the National Aquarium each year about important issues impacting endangered species and how they can support efforts to restore critical habitats in their own backyards and across the globe.
  • Rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing endangered sea turtles through National Aquarium Animal Rescue. Since 1991, the National Aquarium has successfully rehabilitated and released 105 endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles back to their natural environment.
  • Participating in a successful consortium to reintroduce the Panamanian golden frog to its native habitat. Native to the mountains of west-central Panama, the golden frog has been a national symbol of hope and prosperity for centuries. Once abundant, this species is now critically endangered.

Take action now:

  • Proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act would significantly weaken protections for endangered and threatened species.
  • The Endangered Species Act is crucial to help our wildlife thrive. The public comment period is now closed. Thank you to all who pledged their support.

Updated: September 2018