Celebrating 50 years of the Endangered Species Act

Join us in celebrating the impact of the Endangered Species Act leading up to its anniversary on December 28.

Celebrating 50 years of the Endangered Species Act

Join us in celebrating the impact of the Endangered Species Act leading up to its anniversary on December 28.

ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT

Daily Stories of Impact

Throughout the month of December, we will spotlight a species that has been positively impacted by the ESA, National Geographic Explorers who are working to protect critical species, and ways you can help make a difference for wildlife.

Explorers Making an Impact for Wildlife

Our Explorers are working to inspire, educate and engage the public to care for and protect critical species around the globe.

Jamal Galves

Conservation Biologist

Jamal Galves

Conservation Biologist

Jamal Galves, a National Geographic Photo Ark EDGE Fellow, has been passionate about manatee conservation since he was 11 years old and later jumped at the opportunity to join manatee scientists at Sea to Shore Alliance to assist with manatee tracking and health assessments. In his time at Sea to Shore Alliance, his responsibilities have expanded from field assistant to program coordinator for the Belize Manatee Conservation Program.

George Gann

Conservationist

George Gann

Conservation

George Gann is the founder, executive director, president and chairman of the board of The Institute for Regional Conservation. Supported by the National Geographic Photo Ark Species Impact Initiative, Gann is leading a habitat restoration project in Southern Florida’s pine rocklands ecosystem to protect and recover the federally endangered Miami tiger beetle and Bartram’s scrub-hairstreak butterfly.

Rae Wynn-Grant:

Ecologist

Rae Wynn-Grant

Ecologist

Rae Wynn-Grant is a large carnivore ecologist with an expertise in investigating how human activity can influence carnivore behavior and ecology. In particular, she studies the ecological and social drivers of human-carnivore conflict and the influence it has on the connectivity of carnivore habitat.

Kristen Lear

Bat Conservationist and Biologist

Kristen Lear

Bat Conservationist and Biologist

Kristen Lear is a bat scientist dedicated to developing practical and equitable solutions to the field. Lear leads Bat Conservation International's Agave Restoration Initiative to restore critical foraging habitat for nectar-feeding bats and support sustainable community livelihoods in the Southwestern U.S. and Mexico. 

Arthur Middleton

Wildlife Ecologist and

Conservationist

Arthur Middleton

Wildlife Ecologist and Conservationist

Arthur Middleton is an associate professor of wildlife management and policy at the University of California Berkeley. With support from the National Geographic Society, Middleton leads the California Wolf Initiative, which is focused on understanding and advancing wolf recovery as a gateway to large-scale conservation and human-wildlife coexistence.

Joel Sartore

Photographer, Author, and Conservationist

Joel Sartore

Photographer, Author, and Conservationist

Joel Sartore is the founder of the National Geographic Photo Ark, which aims to document every species living in the world's zoos, aquariums and wildlife sanctuaries; inspire action through education; and help protect wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts.

“I believe that people want to help protect this world, and the species in it, but they first have to see these animals and learn what the issues are. I know that together we can protect the species and ecosystems that are critical to our survival before it’s too late. There is no better time to act than now.”

- National Geographic Explorer and Photo Ark Founder Joel Sartore

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Photo credits from top: Joel Sartore, Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark (3), Jason Gulley.