Bracket Busted? Start Playing in the 2016 Endangered Species Bracket

Trotting to Victory: Red Wolf Overwhelms Orca, Wins 2016 ‘Rare & Ready to Be Saved’

For a predator that stands a scant two feet off the ground, the red wolf is casting one gargantuan shadow over the endangered jungle.

This year, the carnivore loped to a stress-free victory over the Southern Resident killer whale, 74 percent to 26 percent, in the championship round of “Rare & Ready to Be Saved”. While only one of the 16 contestants in “Rare & Ready to Be Saved” was crowned the winner, in reality every species in the game came out on top. Because of your votes, TakePart was able to donate $5,000 to the Endangered Species Coalition. The nonprofit will use the funds to shield endangered species in their native habitats.

The bracket may be over, but you can still make a difference. Sign the petition below, which urges the USFWS to continue to honor the original intent of the Endangered Species Act.

TakePart and the Endangered Species Coalition are Proud to Present the Third Annual “Rare & Ready to Be Saved” Animal Bracket.

Each year TakePart brings together the unsung heroes of the animal kingdom— endangered species—to strut their stuff in the hopes of being crowned the “Rare & Ready to Be Saved” champion.

Join us and marvel as the contenders jump, run, fly, swim, and swing like the world-class athletes they are! During each of the four rounds, you, our judges, will vote on your favorite animals and help us name our 2016 champion.

While we can only crown one champion, every endangered animal is a winner in this bracket game. For every 10 votes received, TakePart, in its sole discretion, will donate $1 to the Endangered Species Coalition, up to $5,000. This money will be used by the organization in its efforts to help save endangered species and the habitat they need to survive.

To play, vote every day, once a day, from March 21 to April 5. The more you vote, the more you can make a difference. Let the games begin!

Let the games begin!

Meet our man on the sidelines, Ollie the Pangolin. He’ll be giving you all the color commentary from the field, so you won’t miss one bit of the action! To learn more about Ollie (who is highly endangered himself) and to follow his adventures, check out his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter!