Utah's Plants and Animals - Save Me!

At different times species can be listed as endangered or threatened. An endangered species could become extinct. A threatened species could become endangered and if not protected could become extinct. How we manage and protect these species determines whether they are endangered or threatened. The populations can change. The chart below, from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, lists some of Utah’s endangered plants and animals.


Black-footed Ferret

Grizzly Bear

Gray Wolf

Utah Prairie Dog

Bald Eagle

Peregrine Falcon

Mexican Spotted Owl

Southwestern Willow Flycatcher

Humpback Chub


Razorback Sucker

June Sucker

Virgin River Chub

Colorado squawfish


Desert Tortoise

Kanab Ambersnail

Utah Valvata


Dwarf Bear-Poppy

Welsh’s Milkweed

Deseret Milk-Vetch

Heliotrope Milk-Vetch

White Sedge

Jones Cycladenia

Maguire Daisy

Barneby Ridge-Cress (Peppercress)

Kodachrome Bladderpod

San Rafael Cactus

Siler Pincushion Cactus

Winkler Cactus

Clay Phacelia

Maguire Primrose

Last Chance Townsendia

Uintah Basin Hookless Cactus

Wright Fishhook Cactus

Ute Ladies-Tresses

Autumn Buttercup

Clay Reed- Mustard

Barneby Reed-Mustard

Shrubby Reed-Mustard

  1. Create a poster board or computer presentation to explain what you have learned about an endangered plant and animal you have researched. You may make a drawing of your species, or you may include a photograph.
  2. Tell about your species (what it looks like, why it is endangered, and what makes it important).
  3. Describe the steps that are being taken to protect the species you have chosen.
  4. Share your presentation to with your family or class.

Reference sources you might use for this project:

Your school or local library or the Internet. Below is a list of Internet pages which may be helpful.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife threatened and endangered species page.

The Utah State University Extension Office has produced a document about Endangered and Threatened Animals of Utah. This page provides a description of each species. There is a great description about the habitat in which each lives. Information about why the species dropped in numbers along with the recovery efforts for the species are included. There is a map of where the endangered species probably lived in Utah.

One endangered species is the desert tortoise. The Environmental Protection Agency has a desert tortoise coloring page to download and color.

utah state board of education This Sci-ber Text was developed by the Utah State Board of Education and Utah educators.