Among others joining the Center's petition were world-renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. E.O. Wilson of Harvard University, National Academy of Sciences members Dr. Paul Ehrlich of Stanford University and Dr. John Terborgh of Duke University, Dr. Niles Eldredge of the American Museum of Natural History, Society for Conservation Biology founder Dr. Michael Soulé of the University of California at Santa Cruz, National Medal of Science winner Dr. Thomas Eisner of Cornell University.

Artists who joined us included Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Barbara Kingsolver, Lannan Literary Award winning essayist Charles Bowden, former Poet Laureate Robert Hass, and actor Martin Sheen.

“Wildlife is facing serious threats almost everywhere. In too many places around the world our forests are empty and silent, devoid even of birdsong. In the United States, the Endangered Species Act is an effective tool for protecting species. But the current administration and others seek to undermine this important law.” – Dr. Jane Goodall

“Extinction is the most irreversible and tragic of all environmental calamities. With each plant and animal species that disappears, a precious part of creation is callously erased. Scientists have studied these species, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that they need the protection of the Endangered S pecies Act. These plants and animals can be saved if greed and arrogance are subdued by compassion for life and common sense.” – Dr. Michael Soulé

“It is too late to save the California grizzly bear, the eastern cougar, the Carolina parakeet, the passenger pigeon, or the silver trout. They became extinct before America created the Endangered Species Act, our modern day Noah's Ark. But we're not too late to save the 225 plants and animals languishing on the federal candidate list. It's time to open the doors of the ark and let them in. They should be placed on the endangered species list as soon as possible.” – Dr. Robert Hass

Oregon spotted frog photo courtesy USFWS