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.


Despite it's ubiquity in popular fiction, the swan goose has bee undergoing rapid decline in the past few decades. Read on to learn more about the swan goose's struggle to survive.

The takahe, originally from the temperate regions of New Zealand, is being threatened by competition with non-native invasive species and natural disasters. Read on to learn about this bird's struggle for survival.

In recent decades, much of the white-winged duck's original habitat has been destroyed and fragmented. Read on to learn about what we could be losing.

The yellow crested cockatoo is being threatened as a result fo deforestation and the exotic bird trade. Read on to learn more about this gorgeous bird and why we should care about its survival.

The Andean catfish is native to the rivers and streams in the mountains of Ecuador. The Andean catfish is endangered due to pollution, fishing and loss of suitable habitat. Read on to learn more.

Explore endangered fish in this Endangered Species Guide.

The Borneo shark is extremely rare and known by only a few specimens. Read on to learn more about the Borneo shark.

The Mekong freshwater stingray has a rapidly declining population size as a result of overfishing and habitat degradation. Read on to learn more about the Mekong freshwater stingray.

Overfishing has placed many fish near extinction. This guide will help you make smart decisions at restaurants and the supermarket to make sure your dollar doesn't support overfishing practices.

Do you need a whole glossary to understand endangered species? Learn what specific language means with this Endangered Species Glossary.

The American burying beetle is so named because of its habit of burying its food, which consists of just about any dead animal. Today,the American burying beetle is found in only a handful of states.

The basking malachite damselfly is closely related to its cousin, the dragon fly. Today conservation efforts for the basking malachite damselfly are being made.

The callippe silverspot butterfly is a San Fran native who likes to live in the grasslands surrounding the Bay Area. Today, the callippe silverspot butterfly is threatened by the loss of its natural habitat.

The delta green ground beetle is a bright green species that once occurred in the temporary pools throughout California's Central Valley. Today the deltagreen ground beetle is confined to a small region in Northern California.

The dlinza forest pinwheel is a snail that undoubtedly gets its name from the whorl of bristles emanating from its outer shell. Read on to learn more about the dlinza forest pinwheel.

The fabulousgreen sphinx moth is very rare and hard to find. There have only been a few sightings of the fabulousgreen sphinx moth in recent years on the island of Kauai in Hawaii.

Dam and reservoir construction as well as sand and gravel mining have contributed to the destruction of much of the fanshell's habitat. Read on to learn more about the fanshell.

Once abundant, the numbers of giant freshwater crayfish have been reduced by fishing pressure and environmental pollution. Read on to learn more about the giant freshwater crayfish.

The Illinois cave amphipod keeps our groundwater safe -- but maybe not for long! This tiny crustacean is dying off as a result of groundwater contamination. Read on to learn more about the Illinois cave amphipod.

There have been no sightings of the lotus blue butterfly for more than 20 years. It's possible that the lotus blue butterfly is already be extinct.

The black rhinoceros population had been decimated. In recent years the numbers of black rhinoceros' has slowly increased, mainly due to enforcement of international bans on trade in endangered species.

The broad-nosed gentle lemur, the largest of the bamboo lemurs, is struggling to survive. The habitat of the broad-nosed gentle lemur is the bamboo forests of Madagascar, which are rapidly disappearing.

The golden bamboo lemur is a gold-colored nocturnal primate that lives in the bamboo forests of Madagascar. The golden bamboo lemur is threatened by environmental toxins and habitat loss.

The steller sea lion is an amazing animal that has fallen victim to habitat loss, hunting, and persecution. Read on to learn more about the stellar sea lion's fight for survival.

This iguana species was once common across the islands of the Puerto Rican Bank. Today the anegada ground iguana is currently confined to the island of Anegada in the British Virgin Islands.