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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PALILA (Loxioides bailleui)

The palila is a large finch found only in the forests of Hawaii, where it was once widespread. Today this Palila is restricted to a very small, declining range due to severe overgrazing by feral animals.

PERUVIAN PLANTCUTTER (Phytotoma raimondii)

The Peruvian plantcutter is a songbird suferring from a very small depleting range of habitat. Read on to learn more about the Peruvian plantcutter.

PHILIPPINE EAGLE (Pithecophaga jefferyi)

The Philippine eagle is the world's largest eagle and one of the most endangered birds of prey. There are fewer than 250 Philippine eagles remaining today.

PINK PIGEON (Nesoenas mayeri)

Can you imagine what a pink pigeon would look like? Well you might have to -- during the 1980s, wild populations of pink pigeons dropped to fewer than 20 individuals.

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.

ROTA BRIDLED WHITE-EYE (Zosterops rotensis)

The rota bridled white-eye is a tiny, spectacular looking bird. Read on to learn more about the rota bridled white-eye's fight 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.

STORM'S STORK (Ciconia stormi)

The storm's stark has become collateral damage due to the logging industry, palm oil plantations and damming operations throughout its range. Read on to learn more about this amazing bird and why we should care about it's survival.

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.

TAKAHE (Porphyrio hochstetteri)

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.

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.

ANDEAN CATFISH (Astroblepus ubidiai)

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.

ANGEL SHARK (Squatina squatina)

Explore endangered fish in this Endangered Species Guide.

BORNEO SHARK (Carcharhinus borneensis)

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 Endangered Species

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.

Glossary Of Terms

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

AMERICAN BURYING BEETLE (Nicrophorus americanus)

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.

CALLIPPE SILVERSPOT BUTTERFLY (Speyeria callippe callippe)

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.

DLINZA FOREST PINWHEEL (Trachycystis clifdeni)

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.

FABULOUS GREEN SPHINX MOTH (Tinostoma smaragditis)

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.

FANSHELL (Cyprogenia stegaria)

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.