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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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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The leaf-nosed lizard has a very restricted and shrinking range within the Knuckles Forest Range of Sri Lanka. Read on to learn more about the leaf-nosed lizard.

The loggerhead sea turtle population is dwindling in size as a result of accidental capture in fishing gear. Read on to learn more about the loggerhead sea turtle.

The Lehmann's poison frog is also one of the most endangered frogs in the world. Read on to learn more about the Lehmann's poison frog.

Seven out of 10 biologists surveyed believe the Earth is undergoing a mass extinction. This is just one of the Top 10 biggest warning signs that we're in the middle of a widespread, human-caused mass extinction.

By Tracy V. Wilson

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The Gulf oil spill mutilated tons of habitat for innocent animals and compromised the health of so many others. Read about the Gulf oil spill and learn about its devastating effects.

These fish are some of the most endangered in the world. Overfishing and consumer demand are just two of the reasons they may not be around for much longer.

By Nicole Gugliucci

Shark finning and the dangers of this practice are explained in this article. Learn about shark finning and the dangers of shark finning.

By Jaymi Heimbuch

Check out these amazing pictures of the Ocean Gyre Albatross!

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You'd like to know how to help protect endangered species. This article will tell you how to help protect endangered species.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Nothing strikes up an image of the Old West like bison roaming the open plains. But the demand for fur nearly annihilated this species. So how did bison survive?

By Cristen Conger

Bald eagle conservation became crucial in saving America's national symbol. Read on to learn more about bald eagle conservation efforts.

By Cristen Conger

According to a study published in Friday's issue of the journal Science, there will be no seafood left to catch by 2048.

By Julia Layton

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The World Wildlife Fund is a forefather of conservation and a plays a major role in actively saving the Earth. Read on to learn more about the World Wildlife Fund.

By Robin Brett Parnes