An “endangered species” classification helps federal agencies and other organizations protect species that may be at risk of extinction from a given area. A species is usually classified as endangered after its' habitat becomes reduced or fragmented or its population number gets critically low. A "threatened species" is one that is likely to become endangered in the near future.
It is hard to estimate the number of endangered species worldwide, but scientists agree that a mass extinction event is happening worldwide. Some extinction is normal, but we are now losing species at about 100-10,000x the normal, “background” rate. Most of these species are at risk due to human activities, including those driving habitat loss, introduction of exotic and invasive species, and global climate change.
Threatened and Endangered Species at Golden GateThe Golden Gate National Recreation Area is home to many species that are threatened or endangered. The Natural Resources division works with the San Francisco Bay Area Inventory and Monitoring Network to protect these species and the critical habitat they need to survive into the future.
Below is a table that lists the known threatened and endangered species at Golden Gate. Note: This list may not represent current conditions, as species are listed and delisted on a regular basis. For more up-to-date information and advanced search capability, please visit NPSpecies. Have a suggestion or comment on this list? Let us know.
Read more about the endangered bird species that call Golden Gate home.
Learn more about the endangered fish species that call the waters of Golden Gate home.
At least 44 species of butterflies, some of which are endangered or threatened, occur in the Golden Gate Biosphere.
Last updated: September 26, 2018