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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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KAKAPO (Strigops habroptilus)

The kakapo is a rare bird that lives in the temperate forest of four islands off the coast of New Zealand. Estimates are that fewer than 100 kakapo survive today.


How Charismatic Megafauna Work

 How Charismatic Megafauna Work

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Rare Animals Quiz

 Rare Animals Quiz

Some of Earth's animals have been seen by only a few human eyes. How much do you know about our rarest creatures? Take our quiz and find out. See more »

How the Coelacanth Works

 How the Coelacanth Works

When the coelacanth was discovered in 1938, scientist knew they had found something extraordinary. Learn more about the coelacanth at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Top 10 Most Endangered Fish Species

 Top 10 Most Endangered Fish Species

So what if one of these endangered fish ends up on your hook? The best policy is to release them back into the water, but not before making a few observations. See more »

Learning From Panda Play  Mei Xiang and Tian Tian

 Learning From Panda Play Mei Xiang and Tian Tian

Today, the large clear-blue plastic water bottle filled with biscuits was only slightly interesting to Tian Tian. He sniffed at it halfheartedly then batted it down the embankment of his panda habitat. See more »

A Panda Keepers Life  Brenda Morgan's Story

 A Panda Keepers Life Brenda Morgan's Story

Brenda Morgan reads pandas. It's a skill almost as mysterious as reading palms or tarot cards. But when you watch her with Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, you're sure it's a skill she was born with. See more »

A Panda Keeper's Life  Mei Xiang and Tian Tian

 A Panda Keeper's Life Mei Xiang and Tian Tian

Brenda Morgan's job just may be more coveted than a spot in the White House. Being keeper to the National Zoo's new pandas, like being adviser to the president, certainly has its perks. She got to fly on Panda One, the first-class flight bringing the pandas from China to Washington, D.C., and she has the ear of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, dubbed one of Washington's biggest power couples. See more »

A Panda Keepers Life Panda Trainer

 A Panda Keepers Life Panda Trainer

Morgan heaps it on thick. Panda praise comes easily for her. "You're just brilliant," she says to Mei Xiang, who has pressed a fleshy paw pad against Morgan's palm. The game they are playing is a medical exam in disguise. See more »

A Panda Keepers Life  Weight Watcher

 A Panda Keepers Life Weight Watcher

It's a little before 8:00 a.m. and Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are definitely morning pandas. Morgan has already opened their adjoining dens, and they are tussling inside one of the indoor enclosures. See more »

Ling Ling and Hsing Hsing  Meet the Pandas

 Ling Ling and Hsing Hsing Meet the Pandas

They were superstars the moment they arrived. Accompanied by their very own bodyguards, they stepped out of green lacquered crates to greet thousands of adoring fans. See more »