Although our world faces a great deal of ecological threats from the combined forces of climate change, habitat loss, and poaching, these challenges are not ravaging the globe without a fight.
Just this year, we've seen the recovery of 48 species from the brink of extinction and those successes can be attributed to aggressive conservation efforts throughout the world.
But while we may often hear about international threats to various species, that doesn't mean there aren't any that are close to home.
As NPR reported, the plight of the gray wolf has inspired federal efforts to stimulate their populations in the northern Rocky Mountains, New Mexico, Arizona, and both North and South Carolina.
However, recent days have seen voters in Colorado take a direct interest in continuing these efforts through the rest of the Rockies.