Some examples of species protected by the ESA in the Southeast (clockwise): Tar River spinymussel, West Indian manatee, Puerto Rican parrot, Florida panther, piping plover, red wolf, and Tennessee purple coneflower (USFWS photo credits).
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was enacted on December 28, 1973. In the past 40 years since, it has been one of the world’s most influential laws on species conservation. The ESA has been credited with saving 99 percent of listed species from extinction and has contributed to countless species recovery efforts.
To learn more about the ESA, you can visit USFWS Endangered Species webpage or download the USFWS ESA Factsheet.