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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Stem Cells May Save Northern White Rhinos
The northern white rhino Nabiré, a 32-year-old female at the Dvůr Králové Zoo, died on July 27, 2015.
December 23rd, 2015
Giving up on traditional breeding efforts, scientists turn to still-developing reproductive technology to save a vanishing subspecies of rhinoceros.
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Goodbye, Nola: Only 3 Northern White Rhinos Remain in the World
Nola the northern white rhino.
November 23rd, 2015
One of four northern white rhinoceros left on Earth died yesterday (Nov. 22), leaving only three surviving members of the critically endangered species.
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Sumatran Rhino Goes Extinct in the Wild in Malaysia
Sumatran Rhino
August 25th, 2015
The Sumatran rhino is now considered extinct in the wild in the Southeast Asian country of Malaysia, according to a new study.
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Lions Gain New Endangered Species Protections
December 21st, 2015
African lions will be protected by the Endangered Species Act, according to an announcement made Dec. 21, 2015, by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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Fires in Indonesia Send Orangutans Fleeing for Safety
orangutans, borneo, Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus
November 3rd, 2015
The man-made fires in Borneo have hit orangutans hard, displacing them from their homes and exposing the animals to enough smoke to make them susceptible to respiratory problems.
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5 Ways Cecil the Lion Helped Scientists Understand Big Cats
Cecil the lion.
August 7th, 2015
Here are a few of the things researchers learned from the lion and his brethren.
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Surprise! Infrared Camera Reveals Black Leopard's Hidden Spots
infrared image of a black leopard
July 14th, 2015
The black leopard of the Malaysian Peninsula actually has hidden leopard spots, which can be revealed using infrared cameras.
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The Key to Making Baby Pandas? Love
Here, a cub eats bamboo shoots at the Bifengxia Chinese Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan, China.
December 18th, 2015
When pandas get to pick a partner they want to mate with, they're more likely to make panda babies.
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Panda Protections Save Other Species, Too
panda preserve
September 16th, 2015
The laserlike focus on saving the charismatic giant panda has helped many other species in China survive, but more could be done, a new study finds.
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NYC Light Show Aims to Raise Awareness About Endangered Species
The Empire State Building.
July 30th, 2015
Getting people to pay attention to a huge, global problem is easier when you have an enormous billboard at your disposal.
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