Schiff strongly supports the protection of endangered species, wherever they live. The Multinational Species Conservation Fund helps protect endangered African and Asian elephants, rhinoceros, tigers, great apes, and marine turtles from extinction. These animals are endangered due to habitat loss and poaching, and this funding provides for on-the-ground conservation programs around the world. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Schiff has strongly advocated fully funding this program for many years.
In the 111th Congress, Schiff supported legislation to broaden the types of rare species protected through the Multinational Species Conservation Fund. The Great Cats and Rare Canids Act would protect wolves and great cats such as lions, leopards, and cheetahs from habitat degradation and other threats. Schiff voted for the Great Cats and Rare Canids Act when it passed the House on April 21, 2009. Many countries around the world do not have the resources to adequately protect these majestic creatures from human encroachment, and Schiff believes it is our responsibility to preserve these animals for future generations around the world to admire.