Endangered Species

An endangered species is defined by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as "an animal or plant species in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range." In the United States, these animals can be listed under and protected by the Endangered Species Act. Endangered Species in the United States include the black-footed ferret and the California red-legged frog. The International Union for Conservation of Nature also keeps a Red List of Threatened Species, the most widely recognized list of endangered and threatened species. On this list, for example, are all the surviving subspecies of tiger, which range from endangered to critically endangered.
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Speed Limits Could Save Rarest Dragonfly
A Hine's emerald dragonfly.
August 18th, 2014
Summer speed limits could reduce roadkill deaths for the rare Hine's emerald dragonfly, an endangered species.
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Poachers Force Massive Rhino Evacuation
A white rhino mother and calf grazing.
August 13th, 2014
South Africa will evacuate hundreds of rhinos to reduce the impact of poaching on the population, according to a government minister.
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Blue Whales Roam Dangerously Close to Shipping Lanes
A blue whale killed by a ship collison is examined by Oregon State University researchers aboard their 85-foot vessel, the Pacific Storm.
July 23rd, 2014
The feeding grounds of blue whales along the U.S. West Coast overlap dangerously with shipping lanes, placing the behemoths in danger of collisions with ships. This finding could help prevent human threats to these endangered titans, scientists added.
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Triplets! Giant Panda Gives Birth to 'Rare' Trio in China
Panda Triplets
August 14th, 2014
China welcomed the birth of the world's first known surviving panda triplets, a rare event for the endangered, bamboo-loving bears.
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Rare Pangolins May Be Eaten to Extinction, Conservationists Warn
A cape pangolin
July 29th, 2014
They've been described as walking artichokes and the most trafficked mammals in the world. Now, conservationists warn that pangolins, or scaly anteaters, could be eaten out of existence if illegal hunting and poaching continue.
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Smile, Hawaiian Wildlife: You're on Candid Camera
Puma Drone Surveys Hawaiian Wildlife
July 15th, 2014
This summer, Hawaii's endangered wildlife will be on candid camera, as two kinds of drones survey the numbers and whereabouts of animals in their natural habitats.
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Secret Grizzly Bear Feeding Site Discovered (and Kept Hidden)
grizzly bear with salmon in its mouth
July 21st, 2014
A river teeming with spawning salmon lures grizzly bears from hundreds of miles away, new research suggests.
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