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Speak Up for Endangered Species

Join the ABQ BioPark and zoos across the nation in letting the USFWS know we have a duty to save endangered animals by September 24.

Recently proposed rule changes would significantly weaken the Endangered Species Act, risking extinction for species throughout our country and the world. Here at the BioPark, we house a number of species that would be affected by a weakened Endangered Species Act, including Mexican gray wolves, bald eagles, North American river otters, jaguars and American alligators. As habitats shrink, biodiversity declines, and animals face threats from human development and a changing climate, we must increase protections for endangered species, not undermine them.

The ABQ BioPark and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums have a duty to save endangered animals and the places they live and do not agree with the three proposed rule changes. You can make a difference, though. Please join us by submitting a comment to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the three links below during their public comment period, which lasts through September 24.​ You can copy and paste our suggested letter to get yourself started, or create your own letter.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Click on the three pages below to get started and click Comment.
  2. Copy and paste our suggested letter text below or write your own original comment.
  3. Enter your name, or leave it blank if you would like to remain anonymous and press Continue.
  4. Check the box “I read and understand the statement above” and then click Submit.
  5. You can use the same comment for each rule, but you must go through the process for each individual rule separately. 

Comment Pages

FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0006: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0006

FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0007: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0007

FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0009: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0009

Sample Letter

I am concerned about recently proposed rule changes that would significantly weaken the Endangered Species Act. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, if not for the Endangered Species Act, at least 227 species would have gone into extinction since the law’s passage—this includes the bald eagle, an important symbol of our national heritage.

The Endangered Species Act is considered one of the most successful conservation policies in the world because of an effective governmental process that continues to bring species back from the brink of extinction. Decisions regarding the protection of animal species and their habitats should be made by the best available science, not special interests.

As such, I join the ABQ BioPark and other zoos across the country in urging the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Service to rescind the proposed rule changes.

Thank you for your time.