The American Alligator is an excellent example of a species brought back from the
brink of extinction by intense conservation and a thorough understanding of the
reptile.  
Historically, alligators were depleted from many parts of their range as a result of
market hunting and loss of habitat, and 30 years ago many people believed this unique
reptile would never recover. In 1967, the alligator was listed as an endangered
species (under a law that preceded the Endangered Species Act of 1973), meaning it
was considered in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its
range.

A combined effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, state wildlife agencies in the
South, and the creation of large, commercial alligator farms saved these unique
animals. The Endangered Species Act outlawed alligator hunting, allowing the species
to rebound in numbers in many areas where it had been depleted. As the alligator
began to make a comeback, states established alligator population monitoring
programs and used this information to ensure alligator numbers continued to
increase. In 1987, the Fish and Wildlife Service pronounced the American alligator
fully recovered and consequently removed the animal from the list of endangered
species. The Fish and Wildlife Service still regulates the legal trade in alligator skins
and products made from them.

Although the American alligator is secure, some related animals — such as several
species of crocodiles and caimans — are still in trouble.
All profits from the sale of
these prints will be donated to
St. Augustine Alligator Farm in
Florida.   
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Snappers! American Alligator
2007
Endangered Species / Animals at Risk Series.
Original: 10"x15", Watercolor on Paper.
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