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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A Panda Keepers Life Weight Watcher

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.

Ling Ling and Hsing Hsing Meet the Pandas

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.

Mei Xiang and Tian Tian Meet the Pandas

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

Meet Tai Shan Baby Panda The National Zoo

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

A Cub is Born Tai Shan's First Year

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.

Audio Interview Tai Shan National Zoo

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

BLUE-SIDED TREE FROG (Agalychnis annae)

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.

GOLDEN POISON FROG (Phyllobates terribilis)

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

ARARIPE MANAKIN (Antilophia bokermanni)

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.

BLACK SHAMA (Copsychus cebuensis)

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.

ELEGANT SUNBIRD (Aethopyga duyvenbodei)

The elegant sunbird is a stunning bird with a green- and blue-capped head, reddish ear cover and neck, an olive back, and a yellow belly. Read on to learn more about the elegant sunbird.

GOLDEN-CHEEKED WARBLER (Dendroica chrysoparia)

The golden-cheeked warbler is threatened by the destruction of their oak and juniper woodland habitat. Read on to learn more about the golden-cheeked warbler.

GOLDEN PARAKEET (Aratinga guarouba)

Like many parakeet species, the golden parakeet is currently threatened by deforestation and the illegal caged bird pet trade. Read on to learn more about the golden paraket.

HAWAIIAN CROW (Corvus hawaiiensis)

The Hawaiian crow is an endangered species. Currently, there are many efforts underway to re-establish the wild populations of the hawaiian crow.

HAWAIIAN DUCK (Anas wyvilliana)

The Hawaiian duck is disappearing as a result of habitat degradation and hybridization. Read on to learn more about the Hawaiian duck and why you should care.

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.

IMPERIAL WOODPECKER (Campephilus imperialis)

There may be a small population of imperial woodpeckers left in the wild but it is possible that this species is extinct due to hunting and habitat loss. Read on to learn more about imperial woodpeckers.

INDIGO MACAW, aka LEAR'S MACAW (Anodorhynchus leari)

The indigo macaw is quite a spectacular bird. The indigo macaw lives in the forests and scrub of Brazil and has an extremely small population in the wild within a very restricted range.

MADAGASCAR FISH EAGLE (Haliaeetus vociferoides)

The Madagascar fish eagle is threatened by hunting and loss of habitat. There is only a small and rapidly declining population of Madagascar fish eagle left in the wild.

NORTHERN BALD IBIS (Geronticus eremita)

This northern bald ibis is considered one of the world's most critically endangered bird species. Read on to learn more about the northern bald ibis.

PURPLE-BACKED SUNBEAM (Aglaeactis aliciae)

The purple-backed sunbeam has become a casualty of the eucalyptus business. Read on to learn more about the purple-backed sunbeam's struggle for survival.


The seychelles scops-owl's habitat is disappearing rapidly as a result of the cinnamon, coconut, and logging industries. Read on to learn more about this amazing animal and why we should care.

SWAN GOOSE (Anser cygnoides)

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.

WHITE-WINGED DUCK (Cairina scutulata)

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.