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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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EGYPTIAN TORTOISE (Testudo kleinmanni)

The Egyptian tortoise lives in the fairly arid, low humidity coastal desert regions of the Middle East. The Egyptian tortoise is rare throughout its range and thought to be nearly extinct in Egypt.


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

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 »

Mei Xiang and Tian Tian  Meet the Pandas

When the couple landed at Dulles International Airport on Dec. 6, 2000, amid the popping flashbulbs of panda paparazzi, they were international pandas of mystery. The air of intrigue surrounding Mei Xiang and Tian Tian only increased when they welcomed a panda cub — Tai Shan — in July of 2005. See more »

Meet Tai Shan  Baby Panda  The National Zoo

Mei Xiang and Tian Tian's cub, Tai Shan, was born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, July 9, 2005, at 3:41 a.m. He entered the world blind, pink and nearly hairless. Next to his 250-pound mother, the quarter-pound cub - about the size of a stick of butter - was a peculiar sight. See more »

A Cub is Born  Tai Shan's First Year

At 3:41 a.m. on July 9, a quiet night at the Smithsonian's National Zoo was interrupted by the sounds of squealing. A perplexed panda stared at a tiny, pink creature on the floor of her den. See more »

Audio Interview  Tai Shan  National Zoo

The Smithsonian's National Zoo Veterinarian Suzan Murray shared the inside scoop on the long-awaited birth of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian's cub, Tai Shan. See more »

BLUE-SIDED TREE FROG (Agalychnis annae)

The blue-sided tree frog is an endangered species. Read on to learn more about the blue-sided tree frog at HowStuffWorks. See more »

GOLDEN POISON FROG (Phyllobates terribilis)

The golden poison frog is an endangered species. Read on to learn more about the golden poison frog at HowStuffWorks. See more »

GOLDEN POISON FROG (Phyllobates terribilis)

The goliath frog is an endangered species. Read on to learn more about the goliath frog at HowStuffWorks. See more »

AKEPA (Loxops coccineus)

The akepa is an endangered species. Read on to learn more about the akepa at HowStuffWorks. See more »