Endangered Species in Santa Cruz County



Santa Cruz County is home to a variety of endangered or threatened species. The plants and animals described here are either on the federal list of endangered species or are listed as "of concern." Use the links on the left to browse by category or use the keys on the right to group species by their status.

This list was verifed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department.

Sources of Information:

  • AmphibiaWeb
    species descriptions, life history information, conservation status, literature references, photos and range maps for many species of amphibians
  • Endangered Species Program
    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - information regarding the Endangered Species Act, search endangered and threatened species by state
  • California's Endangered Insects
    Essig Museum of Entomology - information about the life histories of some of California's most threatened insects
  • Calflora
    information on wild California plants for conservation, education, and appreciation
  • California Wildlife Habitat Relationships
    California Department of Fish and Game - contains life history, geographic range, habitat relationships, and management information on 692 species of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals known to occur in the state
  • California's Natural Resources
    California Resources Agency - information about the state's wetlands, deserts, forests, wildlife, and more
  • America's National Wildlife Refuge System
    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - map showing location of all refuges, information about habitats and conservation
  • Animal Diversity Web
    University of Michigan Museum of Zoology - online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology; thousands of species accounts about individual animal species

Browse by Status Key

E — Endangered

T — Threatened

CH — Critical Habitat

PE — Taxa proposed for listing as endangered

PT — Taxa proposed for listing as threatened

PCH — Critical habitat which has been proposed

C — Candidate species for which the Fish and Wildlife Service has on file sufficient information on the biological vulnerability and threats to support proposals to list as endangered or threatened