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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Preservation & Protection, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Defenders of Wildlife is a solution-oriented organization dedicated to saving rare animals and plants, conserving habitat, and building a broad constituency for protecting wildlife and wild places. We harness the skills and expertise of more than 100 scientists, wildlife specialists, educators, activists, economists, and attorneys to work in the halls of Congress, state legislatures, the courts, local communities, and more than a dozen offices in North America. We develop and encourage conservation of entire ecosystems and interconnected habitats while protecting predators that serve as indicator species for ecosystem health. Through this multi-pronged approach of education, advocacy, research and litigation, we specifically work to protect native animals and plants, restore and preserve habitat, and advocate for conservation legislation.

Geographic areas served: North America

Programs: Defenders of Wildlife's operating programs include: (1) Species Conservation, including restoration/protection of wolves and bears in their natural habitat and wild bird conservation; (2) Legal actions and Endangered Species Act reauthorization; (3) Habitat Conservation, including the Habitat for Bears Campaign, Alaska wolf protection and forestry issues; and (4) Oregon Biodiversity Project, a state conservation effort through public education and joint activism joined with the development of technological instruments to survey state biodiversity.

Community Stories

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

DOW has been fearless, impassioned, yet reasonable in advocating for the protection of wildlife and natural resources everywhere.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Defenders is like the best all-around conservation group in America and maybe in the world. …I am very proud of DOW's impressive record of achievement and I am honored to participate in their efforts.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

When I think of Defenders I think of action, information and tireless dedication.

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Donor

Rating: 1

We purchased a Dolphin for 30 dollars, not understanding the income would go into a random fund and not be for the protection of dolphins. The stuffed animals are made in Indonesia and shipped by boat to the U.S. I called asking questions and was not able to get any help for everyone is collecting income, and bassically i was informed the income for the dolpin was going to protecting Wolves in Oregon! After looking at their 990 reports i found most of all income is going to the president, printing, but not truly doing much at all for wildlife i could find. I guess anyone with this much income can sure paint the pictures and produce great looking documents! I was also informed they are protecting Wolves in Oregon.. With 81 Wolves in oregon here is a artilce. Oregon delists wolves, but protections remain — High Country News


http://www.hcn.org/articles/oregon-delists-wolves-but-protections-remain

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Donor

Rating: 5

Defenders is a beacon in the storm. The flag we can all rally around on the battlefield. Thank you for all you do for wildlife!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I feel my voice and dollar count and can truly make a difference.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Defenders is honest with us about the difficulties we face. Just when the bad news seems to be unrelenting we get an email from Jamie giving us some good news which helps keep me going.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For decades Defenders has been vigilant protecting our wild things, through creative ideas and collaborative action. Just like the flit of a butterfly wing can impact someone across the world, Defender's action have done so. A leader in re-introducing wolves to Yellowstone and changing the perceptions of this critical species Defenders must take credit for the family of wolves that now calls California home! Thank you!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As the leading organization in North America to protect and restore imperiled species, I know that my support for Defenders of Wildlife will be strategic, effective, and meaningful. Defenders provides a clear voice for conservation and creates long-term solutions with measurable results.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Defenders of Wildlife has greatly expanded their activism on behalf of endangered species and conservation of secure native habitats over the last 10 - 15 years (if you don't have a place to live and food to eat, you don't survive - bottom line). This has been accomplished by strengthening their staff, working in the courts, testifying in Congress, and building grass roots support for a variety of species. Thus, they have become even more effective in fulfilling their goals at the national, regional and local levels. I recently attended a social event hosted by Defenders and had the chance to interact with their knowledgeable, helpful and energetic staff. The event was well organized and well attended. Their solicitation of support is low key and not pushy. I rate Defenders highly and encourage others to consider supporting them at least on an annual basis.