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Endangered Species

Endangered species are animal popluations that are at risk of extinction. Natural extinctions do occur, but human beings play an integral role in animal extinction and preservation.

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KOKAKO (Callaeas cinerea)

Though at one time there were only a few tiny populations of kokako left in the wild, recent surveys show that several dozen different populations of kokako now inhabit the North Island.


How Charismatic Megafauna Work

People flock to zoos to see pandas, lions and monkeys — the ones often referred to as "charismatic megafauna." They also attract a lot of donations. But is there a downside to making some creatures the stars of the animal show? See more »

Leopards Have Lost 75 Percent of Historic Range, New Study Finds

Farming, prey decline, illegal trading and legal hunting all threaten the charismatic but secretive big cats. See more »

More Than a Hashtag: Can Social Media Help Save Endangered Species?

Social media couldn't save Cecil the Lion. But the outrage at his death may be helping save other endangered animals and species. See more »

How the Coelacanth Works

The coelacanth is a real-life case of the living dead (well, kind of). The massive prehistoric fish was close to being left for extinct — until one was found in 1938. What makes this ancient creature so significant? See more »

Top 10 Most Endangered Fish Species

Learn more about these endangered fish. See more »

Learning From Panda Play  Mei Xiang and Tian Tian

Meet giant pandas, Mei Xaing and Tian Tian. Learn how the crew at the National Zoo enrich Mei Xaing and Tian Tian's diets. See more »

A Panda Keepers Life  Brenda Morgan's Story

Brenda Morgan has a soft spot for giant pandas. Learn more about Morgan and her love for these amazing animals. See more »

A Panda Keeper's Life  Mei Xiang and Tian Tian

Learn about the zookeeper who cares for Mei Xaing and Tian Tian. Mei Xaing and Tian Tian are the giant pandas babies at the National Zoo. See more »

A Panda Keepers Life Panda Trainer

Ever woner who is crazy enough to try to train pandas at the zoo? Read on to learn all about giant pandas and how they are trained in zoos. See more »

A Panda Keepers Life  Weight Watcher

Learn about what it takes to care for two little, giant pandas. Learn how the crew at the National Zoo help take care of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian. See more »