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.


Panda populations are flourishing, and that's good news. But with the threats of infrastructure and livestock, can that trend last?

After 42 years of protection, the Yellowstone grizzlies will lose their status. Critics worry the bears could become targets for trophy hunter.

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?

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

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

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?

Learn more about these endangered fish.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

In honor of giant pandas everywhere, we're taking you back! Remember Ling Ling and Hsing Hsing, two giant pandas that were gifts from the Chinese Government.

Meet Mei Xiang and Tian Tian -- two little, giant pandas. Learn what it takes to care for two baby giant pandas.

Meet Mei Xiang and Tian Tian! Learn what it takes to care for two baby giant pandas.

Who doesn't love a good giant panda story? Check out this timeline discussing Tai Shan's first year of life and learn more about this baby panda from the National Zoo.

Listen to a panda expert from the National Zoo talk about the birth of Tai Shan. Learn about giant pandas.

The blue-sided tree frog is found in the moist tropical and subtropical regions of Costa Rica. The blue-sided tree frog has golden eyes, a green-blue back, blue sides and a pinkish underbelly.

The golden poison frog is disappearing as a result of logging and agricultural interests. Read on to learn more about the golden poison frog.

The goliath frog is the world's largest frog species. The goliath frog is in rapid decline because of hunting and being captured by private collectors of exotic species.

The akepa is a small honeycreeper that once occurred on all of the Hawaiian Islands. Today the akepa is confined to the Big Island, Kauai and Maui.

The araripe manakin is a strickenly beautiful bird. Despite being critically endangered, the development of a recreational park threatens the remainder of the araripe manakin's forest home.

This black-billed gull is often preyed upon by the non-native animals of New Zealand such as dogs, cats and ferrets. The numbers of black-billed gulls have declined rapidly in the past three decades making them the world's most endangered gull.

The black shama is based in the lowlands and forest foothills of the island of Cebu. Deforestation, however, is making survival of the black shama a challenge.

The blue-throated macaw is a large blue parrot with a yellow underbelly and powerful hooked beak. The blue-throated macaw is threatened by the exotic pets trade.

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