In Focus: Season 3, Episode 2 – To conserve and protect

The Apache trout is Arizona’s state fish, and it only exists in a small part Arizona near Pinetop. It is a threatened species, however, fighting both climate change and other fish species. (Photo by Gabriel Sandler/Cronkite News)

A bighorn sheep at the top of the Silverbell Peak outside Marana, AZ. (Photo by Gabriel Sandler / Cronkite News)

Scheherazade, a great horned owl, lives at Wild at Heart, a rescue organization for raptors in Cave Creek. Great horned owls are prolific across the United States and can hunt hundreds of rodents in a year. (Photo by Gabriel Sandler/Cronkite News)

In the second episode of season three, we meet animal conservationists who are taking steps to protect and conserve native species. We’ll ride along to southern Arizona with a wildlife manager who prevents poaching with Arizona Game & Fish, visit a raptor rescue center in Cave Creek that nurses owls and other birds back to health, take a hike near Tucson with the former president of the Arizona Bighorn Sheep Society and journey to Pinetop with Arizona Game & Fish to see what they are doing to ensure the survival of the state fish: the Apache trout.

This story is part of Elemental: Covering Sustainability, a new multimedia collaboration between Cronkite News, Arizona PBS, KJZZ, KPCC, Rocky Mountain PBS and PBS SoCal.

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