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Animals | 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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HYACINTH MACAW (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus)

The hyacinth macaw is an endangered bird. Read on to learn more about the hyacinth macaw and how we got here.


Mei Xiang and Tian Tian  Meet the Pandas

 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

 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

 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

 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)

 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)

 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)

 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)

 AKEPA (Loxops coccineus)

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

 ARARIPE MANAKIN (Antilophia bokermanni)

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

BLACK-BILLED GULL (Larus bulleri)

 BLACK-BILLED GULL (Larus bulleri)

The black-billed gull is an endangered species. Read on to Learn more about this endangered species on HowStuffWorks. See more »