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Despite being the most densely populated state in the nation, and the fourth smallest in area, New Jersey provides habitat for more than 400 species of land-dwelling vertebrate wildlife, as well as 134 freshwater fish species, 336 marine fish species, and thousands of terrestrial and aquatic invertebrate species.

Endangered and Nongame Species Management

Funded almost entirely through federal grants and donations, the Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP) is responsible for the protection and management of over 500 “species of greatest conservation need” including 83 species that are state-listed as endangered or threatened.

Mission And Work

Fish and Wildlife has a dedicated staff whose mission is to protect and manage a diverse range of game and nongame wildlife species and their habitats. Find out more.

Get Involved

Assist Fish and Wildlife staff and share your enthusiasm for the conservation and protection of New Jersey’s wildlife and natural resources by teaming up with our dedicated corps of volunteers.

Wildlife Watching

Wildlife watching can be an educational, surprising and awe-inspiring experience. New Jersey offers an abundance of places to observe its native species, from forests and meadows, to lakes, streams and coastal marshes.

Permits, Regulations & Resources

New Jersey has laws and regulations in place to protect and advance wildlife conservation. Learn everything you need to know about the laws specific to your outdoor interests and activities.

Need Help With Wildlife?

Found a wild animal that appears injured, sick, or in need of assistance? Have a wildlife issue at home? We offer guidance for various wildlife-related situations.


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Last Update: September 20th, 2022