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Endangered Animals

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An endangered species is a group of organisms that are at risk of becoming extinct. 40% of all organisms are considered to be endangered.  Many countries have created preserves where endangered animals live, and many have also created laws to protect them.  However, only a few groups make it to the endangered species list and receive legal protection.

World Conservation Union categories of endangered species include:
  • Extinct: the last remaining member of the species has died, or is presumed to have died.   Examples:  Passenger Pigeon, Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger), Dodo (Bird)
  • Extinct in the wild: animals in captivity survive, but there is no free-living, natural population. Examples: Alagoas Currassow (pheasant-like bird)
  • Critically endangered: faces an extremely high risk of extinction in the immediate future. Examples: Javan Rhino, Arakan Forest Turtle, Ivory-billed Woodpecker
  • Endangered: faces a very high risk of extinction in the near future. Examples: African Wild Dog, Cheetah, Blue Whale, Snow Leopard
  • Vulnerable: faces a high risk of extinction.  Examples: Lion, Wolverine, Gaur (large, dark-coated ox)
  • Least Concern: no immediate threat. Examples: Nootka Cypress (tree), Brown Rat
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