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Studying and saving Yosemite's diverse wildlife, including many threatened species.

The park’s protected landscape supports an astounding array of wildlife, including more than 400 kinds of mammals, birds, amphibians, fish and reptiles, and provides a haven for threatened and endangered species. Your support can fund projects to study and protect animals that make their seasonal or year-round homes in Yosemite.

Current Projects

Protect Endangered Bighorn Sheep – 2019
Establish a self-sustaining herd of endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep in the heart of the Yosemite Wilderness.
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Protect Peregrine Falcons – 2019
Use nest surveys and targeted climbing closures to help a remarkable raptor continue its successful recovery from the edge of extinction.
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Save the Sierra Nevada Red Fox – 2019
Gather vital data to shape conservation strategies for the Sierra Nevada red fox, one of North America’s rarest mammals.
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Save Yosemite’s Native Amphibians – 2019
Apply cutting-edge techniques to study and save three at-risk amphibian species: Yosemite toads, Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs and California red-legged frogs.
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With your support, wildlife experts help ensure that Yosemite’s diverse animals, from tiny butterflies to 250-pound black bears, can thrive in their natural habitats. Donor-funded projects have helped park wildlife teams bring endangered bighorn sheep back to the Cathedral Range after a century-long absence; restore populations of California red-legged frogs and western pond turtles; record the first sighting of a rare red fox inside the park in 99 years; dramatically reduce bear-related incidents through visitor education, effective food-storage solutions and bear-monitoring technology; and much more.

To learn more about how donors’ gifts have made a difference for Yosemite wildlife, check out our past projects.

Areas of Focus

Thanks to supporters, we’ve provided $125 million to Yosemite for more than 640 completed projects. Donor gifts help improve trails, restore habitat, protect wildlife, inspire the next generation of nature-lovers and more. Explore our funding areas to see current and past projects.