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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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.
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In Photos: The Last 5 Northern White Rhinos
Nola is the last remaining female northern white rhino at the San Diego Zoo.
June 8th, 2015
Just five northern white rhinoceroses remain in the wild. And chances of them breeding, without human intervention, to bring numbers back up are slim.
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Cartwheeling Spider, Corpse-Hoarding Wasp Among Bizarre New Species
This agile spider (<em>Cebrennus rechenbergi</em>) cartwheels its way out of danger.
May 21st, 2015
A morbidly maternal wasp, a crop-circle-creating pufferfish and an acrobatic arachnid are among the bizarre and awe-inspiring new species named in 2014, according to a new ranking.
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Oh, You Deer: Newborn Mini Fawn Is Seriously Cute
A tiny pudu deer.
June 9th, 2015
What's cuter than a baby deer? A baby deer you can hold in the palm of your hand, of course.
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Only 3 Wolves Are Left at Isle Royale National Park
three wolves
April 22nd, 2015
Inbreeding is to blame for the decline in wolves at Isle Royale National Park, ecologists say, but climate change may be an indirect culprit in the population crash.
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Photos of the Incredible Leatherback Turtle Rescue
Leatherback turtle
March 12th, 2015
See photos of wildlife experts in South Carolina rescuing a stranded leatherback turtle on March 7, 2015.
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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?
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Antechinus Photos: New Marsupials Die for Sex
Black-tailed antechinus (Antechinus arktos) is under threat.
June 4th, 2015
The bristly, sex-crazed antechinus has two previously unknown species in its family, a new study finds.
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1st Photo of Rare Monkey Proves It's Not Extinct
colombus monkey
April 16th, 2015
The long-vanished Bouvier's red colobus monkey has been spotted again in a remote Congo forest.
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