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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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.


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.

ILLINOIS CAVE AMPHIPOD (Gammarus acherondytes)

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.

LOTUS BLUE BUTTERFLY (Lycaeides argyrognomon lotis)

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.

BLACK RHINOCEROS (Diceros bicornis)

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.

GOLDEN BAMBOO LEMUR (Hapalemur aureus)

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.

STELLER SEA LION (Eumetopias jubatus)

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.

ANTIGUAN RACER (Alsophis antiguae)

Despite being nonvenomous and relatively docile compared to many snakes, the Antiguan racer is often the victim of persecution by humans. The Antiguan racer is considered one of the world's most rare and endangered snakes.

EGYPTIAN TORTOISE (Testudo kleinmanni)

The Egyptian tortoise lives in the fairly arid, low humidity coastal desert regions of the Middle East. The Egyptian tortoise is rare throughout its range and thought to be nearly extinct in Egypt.

HAWKSBILL SEA TURTLE (Eretmochelys imbricata)

The hawksbill sea turtle is one of seven sea turtles found in the tropical and subtropical waters of the world. Major threats to the hawksbill sea turtle may, however, make it very rare.

KEELED BOX TURTLE (Pyxidea mouhotii)

The keeled box turtle is a reptile found in the evergreen forests of India, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand and China. Populations of the keeled box turtle are currently low and declining.

LEAF-NOSED LIZARD (Ceratophora tennentii )

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.

PAINTED TERRAPIN (Callagur borneoensis)

Painted terrapins are disappearing as a result of overharvesting of their eggs for food, dam building, and loss of nesting habitat. Read on to learn more about painted terrapins .

ROUND ISLAND BOA (Casarea dussumieri)

The round island boa is a rare and elusive snake species about which not much is known. There may be fewer than 500 round island boa's left in the wild.

SPINELESS FOREST LIZARD (Calotes liocephalus)

The spineless forest lizard is threatened by loss of forest habitat, mainly due to agricultural and human settlements. Read on to learn more this reptile's struggle for survival.

VIRGIN ISLANDS TREE BOA (Epicrates monensis granti)

The Virgin Island tree boa is severely threatened by its range of habitat loss and predation by non-native species. Read on to learn more about the boa's struggle for survival.