These 15 Animals are on the Brink of Extinction in Colorado

In light of the many threats facing endangered animals in Colorado, in this article, we’ll be profiling 15 animals considered endangered that are found in Colorado.

Boreal Toad

The boreal told is an alpine toad species found in high-altitude wet habitats in the western United States. It is the only alpine toad in Colorado and is often found in shallow lakes and ponds.

Bonytail chub

Although these fish grow only up to two feet at full maturity, they are long-lived, aging up to fifty years. Even at that, the bonytail chub population continues to reduce.

Preble’s meadow

The Preble’s meadow jumping mouse is an endangered species of rodent found in Colorado. Flooding has damaged their habitats, but conservationists have rebuilt the areas to help protect remaining populations.

Uncompahgre Fritillary

This butterfly was recently discovered in 1978, and has only been found in Colorado since then. It is a specialist species that depends on the Snow Willow plant for survival—feeding on its leaves and laying eggs there as well.

San Joaquin Kitfox

The San Joaquin Kit Fox is a subspecies of kit fox found in arid and semi-arid regions. Factors negatively influencing their population include competition with the red fox, habitat degradation.

Pawnee Montane Skipper

The Pawnee montane skipper butterfly is a subspecies of Leonard skippers, with distinct brownish-yellow coloring. It survives on the nectar from musk thistle and prairie gayfeather plants as well.

Mexican  Spotted Owl

Mexican spotted owls are monogamous creatures, forming long-term pair bonds with chosen mates. Though prenatal care is divided, females care for the young while males forage for food.