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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New Protections for Sharks Take Effect This Weekend
Shark fins
September 12th, 2014
Good news for shark lovers: This weekend, new international laws will go into effect to strengthen protections for five shark species that are threatened by overfishing.
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20 Corals Added to Endangered Species List
Acropora globiceps coral
August 28th, 2014
A tenfold increase in protected coral species was announced Wednesday, with 20 new corals added to the threatened species list.
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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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Endangered Pupfish Could Vanish in 30 Years, Egg by Egg
Devils Hole pupfish
September 9th, 2014
The Devils Hole pupfish, an inch-long fish that sparked a Supreme Court battle, could go extinct in less than 30 years, a new modeling study concludes.
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Lemur Lady Campaigns for Endangered Lemurs
lemur lady Patricia Wright researches how to save lemurs
August 22nd, 2014
Renowned scientist and conservationist Patricia Wright battles to save one of the world’s most endangered primates.
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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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6th Mass Extinction? Humans Kill Species Faster Than They're Created
Sumatran rhino
September 8th, 2014
Species are dying off thousands of times faster than they are being created, according to new research that highlights the planet's looming biodiversity crisis. The study also suggests humans are on the verge of causing a sixth mass extinction on Earth.
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