There are 35 endangered, rare, and threatened species in the Golden Gate National Parks. That’s more federally protected species than any other national park unit in the continental United States—more than Yosemite, Yellowstone, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks combined.

This milestone is both cause for celebration and concern. While we are privileged to have such a diverse landscape in public ownership, the imperiled status of so many species reflects the need for stewardship of these lands. Lend us a hand to help ensure that these species will be around for the next generation to appreciate and enjoy!

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California red-legged frog, photo by Will Elder California Red Legged Frog >>
The native California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii) has been eliminated from 70 percent of its former range, and is federally listed as a threatened species.


Heracleum lanatum Coho Salmon >>
This flagship fish of the Redwood creek watershed has a remarkable life cyle that makes it especially susceptible to habitat degradation and loss, and renders it an indicator of ecosystem's health.


Triteleia laxa Mission Blue Butterfly >>
The mission blue butterfly (Icaricia icariodes missionensis) is a unique subspecies of Boiduval's blue butterfly that was first discovered in San Francisco in 1937.


San Bruno elfin butterfly San Bruno Elfin Butterfly >>
The habitat of the San Bruno elfin has been reduced due to urbanization in some areas, though the remainder of the habitat is protected as County, State, and National Parks.


San Francsico garter snake, photo by Mason Cummings San Francisco Garter Snake >>
The strikingly colorful San Francisco garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia) is threatened by habitat loss. It is the most jeopardized of the area's species, having been listed as federally endangered since 1967.


Western snowy plover, photo by Jessica Weinberg Western Snowy Plover >>
The endangered Western Snowy Plover is a tough-to-spot winter resident of Crissy Field and Ocean Beach. Breeding plovers can be seen during the remainder of the year in nearby Point Reyes National Seashore.