General Statistics for U.S. Endangered Species

black-footed ferretGeneral Statistics for Endangered Species current as of October 15, 2009

How many species in the United States are listed as threatened or endangered?

614 U.S. animal species are listed.
747 U.S. plant species are listed.

How many species in the United States are proposed for listing as threatened or endangered?

18 U.S. animal species are currently proposed for listing.
46 U.S. plant species are currently proposed for listing.

How many listed species have designated critical habitat?

539 U.S. species have designated critical habitat.

How many candidate species are there?

138 animal species are candidates for listing.
110 plant species are candidates for listing.

How many habitat conservation plans (HCPs) have been approved?

1017 habitat conservation plans have been approved (849 current, 168 expired).

How many listed species have approved recovery plans?

1134 species have approved recovery plans.

About The Author

Scott serves as Director of Development & Communications for Audubon Canyon Ranch (focusing on preservation, education and conservation science) and has almost fifteen years of experience spanning for-profit and nonprofit sectors in biotech, wildlife conservation and management, communications, and philanthropy. In addition to a strong track record in organizational growth and leadership, he is the founder of Urban Bird Foundation and Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, and presided over ECHO Fund, a coastal protection and restoration organization, as President for four years. Scott holds an M.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Development and Policy, degrees in Micro & Molecular Biology and Environmental Sciences, and has complemented his studies with a Master's certificate in Environmental Resource Management.

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