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.
Read More

Latest Articles

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.
Read More »
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.
Read More »
Northern White Rhino Dies, Leaving Only 4 Left on Earth
Northern White Rhino - Nabire
July 28th, 2015
One of the last five northern white rhinoceroses in the world has died. Three females and one male are left.
Read More »
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.
Read More »
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.
Read More »
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.
Read More »
Then There Were 5: Inside the Race to Save the Northern White Rhino
Sudan is the last male northern white rhinoceros in the world.
June 8th, 2015
Only five northern white rhinoceroses are left on Earth. Can reproductive technology save a subspecies driven to near extinction?
Read More »
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.
Read More »
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.
Read More »
Will Fake Rhino Horns Curb Poaching?
rhino horn is valued in traditional Eastern medicine as a supposed cure from everything from fever to rheumatism, which has led to rampant poaching of all five rhinoceros species.
June 26th, 2015
A company is making synthetic rhino horn in order to flood the market and drop the price, thereby reducing demand, but some conservationists say the approach could backfire.
Read More »