- Share your observations
Share your observations of plants or non-game animals with the Natural Heritage Inventory.
- Contact information
- For information on Wisconsin's rare animals, contact:
- Rich Staffen
Wisconsin's rare animals
All of Wisconsin's rare species are found on the Natural heritage working list. Species become rare for a number of reasons, including habitat loss, habitat degradation, highly specialized habitat needs, disturbance sensitivity, genetic problems, exploitation, persecution, predation, competition and parasitism. Some rare species are present here at the edges of their main ranges. Invasive species and climate change are also impacting rare species and expected to become even bigger factors in the future.
Explore rare species pages
These pages contain information about Wisconsin's rare animals, including where they are found in the state, their level of legal protection and photos. Life history and management considerations are available for many species, and new information is continually being added.