It's a time to reflect on how each of us -- individually and collectively -- can do our part to help reverse human impact on the environment that has resulted in what has been called the earth's sixth great extinction event.
The Act has been 99 percent successful at preventing the extinction of species under its protection. Scientists estimate that were it not for the Endangered Species Act, at least 227 species would have gone extinct.
Endangered Species Day provides an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the efforts that are currently underway to preserve our world's wildlife populations and discover how they can help.
It has saved 99 percent of the 1,482 native species under its care from disappearing forever. But the Act isn't just about avoiding extinction. It's about setting these species on a path to recovery. On that point, there are amazing stories worth celebrating: