Today marks the 70th Anniversary of Defenders of Wildlife.
Defenders was originally founded in 1947, when it went by the name Defenders of Furbearers. The organization was formed in response to the use of steel-jaw leghold traps and lethal poisons being used on predators. It began with the simple mission to preserve wild animals and has since grown to include wildlife habitat and biodiversity.
In order to honor our journey thus far, we thought we’d take a brief look at where we’ve come from. Join us in taking a look at how some of our most iconic species are faring now and when we first began our work back in the 1940’s.