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Grand Canyon Wildlife Endowment Fund

For the first time in the history of Grand Canyon National Park, a special endowment fund devoted soley to protecting and preserving park wildlife now exists. Thanks to several key donations, most notably a $100,000 gift from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the park has core funding available for wildlife research and education to benefit the wide variety of animals and plants living in Grand Canyon. However, new contributions to the Grand Canyon Wildlife Endowment Fund are essential in assuring long-term protection of the park's wildlife species, a number of which are threatened or endangered. Ultimately, the Foundation hopes to raise $10 million for this important fund. Please visit our giving page to learn how you can support this critical conservation work.

California Condor
Endangered California condor
(photo credit, Cale Haberer)
Why Protect Grand Canyon Wildlife?
As the human/wildlife interface narrows, the risk of negative interactions between park visitors and park wildlife increases. Condors, mountain lions, peregrine falcons, and river otters are just several animal species whose success in Grand Canyon National Park depends on the health of its ecosystems and an educated public. Additionally, invasion of non-native plants in the park threatens displacement of native species, which is also disruptive to the complex interplay of ecosystems in the Grand Canyon.

In order to effectively preserve wildlife at the Grand Canyon while ensuring visitor safety and enjoyment, Park Service biologists rely heavily on short- and long-term research to broaden their understanding of wildlife species in the park and the factors affecting their habitat. For the Grand Canyon, this means assessing and minimizing the impact of humans on its rims, river, deserts, and forests, for these comprise critical habitat for a variety of native plant and animal species. The park, however, receives limited federal funding to conduct such critical research, which undermines the ability of park biologists to give effective, long-lasting protection to the Canyon's wildlife.

Please help by making a contribution to the Grand Canyon Wildlife Endowment Fund. Click Here!

mountain lion
Mountain lion cub with mom

pink rattlesnake
Grand Canyon pink rattlesnake
bighorn sheep
Bighorn sheep

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