And there are numerous efforts in Congress to weaken the protections of the federal Endangered Species Act, which experts say might affect conservation efforts here.
The vast Mojave Desert is a moonscape, hardened mud and rock, devoid of vegetation in many places and so barren that parts of it were occasionally used as the set for the fictional desert planet Tatooine in some of the “Star Wars” films.
The Amargosa is protected along an aboveground length of 15 miles.
Piecing together the oases needed to conserve disparate species here has taken decades.
The Trump administration and Congress are working to restart moribund efforts to bury nuclear waste in the repository there.
Just a few inches of rainfall here annually, and temperatures routinely soar to well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Some 10,000 years ago, a series of connected lakes and rivers fed by Mono Lake covered this region.
As the waters receded, the fish were stranded in a series of isolated pools and stretches of river.
It’s the tiniest habitat of any endangered vertebrate species.
The population at Devil’s Hole has been dropping in recent years, and the pupfish’s existence remains precarious. In the 1960s, pumping on a nearby ranch began to dry out the shelf.