What Do California Condors, Gray Wolves, and Black-Footed Ferrets Have in Common? National Parks Are Helping Them Recover
Did you know that California condors once ranged throughout the skies of western North America, but by the 1980s, fewer than ten remained? Or that gray wolves used to roam much of the United States until habitat loss and predator control programs virtually eliminated them? Now, both species are starting to making a comeback, in large part due to the efforts of the National Park Service, in conjunction with other federal agencies and partners.
National parks protect some of our country’s most treasured landscapes and provide places to rebuild populations of plants and wildlife that have suffered due to human activities such as habitat destruction, over-hunting, and environmental pollution. Restoring native species also benefits the wider ecosystem, since each species plays an important role in the overall functioning and health of its community.
Check out NPCA’s new GeoStory—an innovative multimedia tool with photos, videos, and maps of the parks—to learn how several national parks are bringing back species that had been lost in those regions.
You can also watch one of the highlights of the Geostory below: NPCA’s new, moving video of one Park Service superintendent’s bond with the wolves he helped reintroduce into Yellowstone.
-Elizabeth Meyers, Information and Outreach Manager for NPCA’s Center for Park Research