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All About Endangered Species

Updated on December 30, 2010

What does it mean to be Endangered? What can we do to Help?

Endangered species are threatened by a number of forces. Why do they become endangered? Predators, loss of habitat and changing environment have all contributed to a decline in many species. It is important for species at risk to gain attention before it becomes too late to save them.

Some Well Known Endangered Species

  • Hippo
  • Asian Elephant
  • Black Rhinoceros
  • Bengal Tiger
  • Blue Whale
  • Giant Panda
  • Green Turtle
  • Loggerhead Turtle

Leatherback Turlte

Mountain Gorilla

Perregrine Falcon


The term "endangered species" refers to the likelihood that the species is heading towards extinction. Considerations when concluding whether a species is endangered are breeding success, population, decline, and threats to the species.

"Endangered" status means different things to the IUCN and ESA. The IUCN lists endangered species between "critically endangered" and "vulnerable." The IUCN groups "threatened" species into these groups as well.

Here are the IUCN categories (courtesy:Wikipedia):

Extinct: the last remaining member of the species has died, or is presumed beyond reasonable doubt to have died. Examples: Thylacine, Dodo, Passenger Pigeon

Extinct in the wild: captive individuals survive, but there is no free-living, natural population. Examples: Alagoas Curassow

Critically endangered: faces an extremely high risk of extinction in the immediate future. Examples: Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Arakan Forest Turtle, Javan Rhino

Endangered: faces a very high risk of extinction in the near future. Examples: Cheetah, Blue Whale, Snow Leopard, African Wild Dog, Tiger

Vulnerable: faces a high risk of extinction in the medium-term. Examples: Gaur, Lion, Wolverine

Least Concern: no immediate threat to the survival of the species. Examples: Brown Rat, Nootka Cypress

What endangered species do you think is in the most danger?

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There are a number of endangered species controversies.

  • Does the Endangered Species Act work?
  • Is it right to cede land from land owners to preserve species?
  • What should land owners be compensated?
  • Is it unfair to spend money to save animals that migrate to countries that do not help the endangered species in question?
  • Does it discourage poaching and collecting?

What will you do?

What will you do to help endangeres species?

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Endangered Species Videos

How can you Help?

You may be thinking there is nothing you can do to protect endangered species, and that many of them are too distant for you to make any impact. You're wrong! Here are some things you can do...

  • Donate to a reputable organization whose mission is aimed at protecting these endangered species (see the list of endangered species organizations you can donate to below!)
  • Write to your congress people and express your concerns for these species before its too late!
  • Act Locally! Discover what endangered species may be living close to you and see how you can get involved in helping protect them and their habitat
  • Be aware of how your everyday actions impact the environment and realize there affects on the habitats of all creatures, especially those that are endangered

Donate to Help Endangered Species!

Here are some organizations that you can donate to and help out endangered species. You can also give a gift in the form of an Adopt a Pet gift!

Could these be Next??

These animals are safe...for now. However, their numbers are declining due to loss of habitat, poaching, and predation. Will these animals soon be on the endangered species list?

What's Next?

Be sure to vote to decide the next endangered species lens created by Kiwisoutback!

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Be inspired by great environmental warriors.

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      boa11kfh 5 years ago

      This is really great and an informative lens. I didn't know that peregrin falcons were endangered. I've never seen one, but I just thought that was because I haven't started bird watching until recently. I really like your pictures.

      On your poll, you could add 'join a conservation group' or some kind of active conservation. That's what I'm doing. Though it might be a bit difficult to get into large mammal conservation, most places seem happy for help with amphibian or bird conservation.

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice work. Making people aware is the important first step.

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      Kathryn Wallace 5 years ago from Greenbank, WA, USA

      Thank you so much for this highly educational lens.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      We need more people publishing articles like this. Thank you for making this lens.

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      JackRussell LM 6 years ago

      Thank you for taking the time to make a such a beautiful and very effective lens to educate people about the importance of saving endangered animals :) squidoo blessing for you my friend!! ;D

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      pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

      Thank you for creating this informative lens. The first step in helping our endangered species is by getting the word out. I am featuring your lens on my extinct birds page. :)

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Blessing it!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i dont think animals should be killed!HIPPY POWER! ;)

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      grafixforacause 6 years ago

      Thank you for highlighting the importance of conservation and education.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      'Oh, what a wonderful world'~just like Louis Armstrong say...Let's keep it that way!

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      imolaK 7 years ago

      Sadly, there will be more and more extincted animal species. Blessed!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      the Endangered Species are going to die off the face of this earth if we dontsave them now it is too late thisspecies are goodnotbad thing on this earth the bad thing on this earth is the human race

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love hippos i dont wanna let them be extinct.Im gettin kiked out of bed from toy hippos ive got 63!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      It just breaks my heart that so many of our beautiful animals are endangered, threatened or already extinct. Awesome lens!

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      greenlife17 7 years ago

      can you add the dugong in the philippines and the tarsiers? they are in daner of extinction too. thanks,

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thanks for the Blessing on my Bee lens.

      Breathtaking pics on this lens - I love the Snowy Owl.

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Thanks for educating the world and contributing to environmental awareness and changing lifestyle. This lens is featured on my Environment lensography - perhaps you want to sport the badge?

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      I was reading about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker today. Some think there are a couple of pairs still in existance. I hope they're right. We've lost enough.

      Thanks for sharing


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      monarch13 8 years ago

      Thanks for the great research! I have to admit I was not as aware as I should be.

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      jaye3000 8 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for the lensroll :) Currently working on Asian elephant lens, come check it out when I'm finished

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      Nobody 8 years ago from UK

      Excellent lens and a very important subject.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This has not only been a treat to visit, but it has been very educational for me as well. Great lens, thanks for spreading the word about the endangered animals! I love animals and I know that you folks do too! :)

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      Kathie Miller 8 years ago from Southern California

      An excellent lens. I'll lens roll you and add to my favorites.

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      A wonderful lens! There are some animals on the list I was pretty suprised to see there.

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      Linric 8 years ago

      very informative...Thanks, 5star

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      Karolsstuff 9 years ago

      Great lens!! Touches the heart!

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      Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Fantastic lens, you gave us some great information about the endangered species of the world, and hopefully helped inspire more people to do something to help save them. 5*****

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      rydigga 9 years ago

      Plenty of great information in this lens. I didn't even know that some of these animals were endangered.

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      Vacation-In-My-Head 9 years ago

      This is an awesome lens with a lot of great information. I'm rolling you to 2 of my lenses All About Manatees also to Florida Alligators

      Thanks again for helping educate about endangered animals. 5*'s for me

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      opalship 9 years ago

      I see we both have a non loading poll.

      As for the subject of your blog.

      I am learning how little the government actually cares, unless you have a huge group pressure the right KEY person, endangered species here in the USA, seem largely on their own.

      Exceptions being watch dog types of local communal groups, or neighborhood organizations and clubs.

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      teamlane 9 years ago

      I'm a lover of lenses with a lot of pics. Nice work Kiwi!

      Blessed, 5-starred, and favorited by a Squid Angel today! :)

      Colleen ~

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      Frankie Kangas 9 years ago from California

      Excellent lens with valuable information everyone should know. Thanks for sharing and also for highlighting my Polar Bear lens. Bear hugs, Frankster aka Bearmeister

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      Frankie Kangas 9 years ago from California

      Excellent lens with valuable information everyone should know. Thanks for sharing and also for highlighting my Polar Bear lens. Bear hugs, Frankster aka Bearmeister

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      Linda Hoxie 9 years ago from Idaho

      This is a great lens, I love the beautiful pictures! My artist group on ebay, called ACEO and ATC enthusiasts just did a theme this month called "endangered species", where everyone painted small ACEO paintings of endangered animals. A portion of the money sold is being donated to save the rain forest, as well as a quilt made with all the paintings that will be auctioned off and the money donated. Saving our endangered species is so very important! 5 *****

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Awareness is the key. We don't want to add more to the extinct list. We've lost too many already.

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      religions7 9 years ago

      Great lens. I featured it on my new lensography on the environment. Go check it out and add your favorite environment links to the plexo:

      There's also a duel about the question: is the environment more important, or the economy?

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      Gray Wolf was checking out your lens and liked it so well that he is sending you some virtual heart shaped waffles.

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      MAMedley 9 years ago

      Great lens. From layout to content everything is superb. Here's a great video that you might want to include. Check it out!

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      Marelisa 9 years ago

      Great lens. I live in the Republic of Panama and we're blessed to have an extremely diverse flora and fauna. We're going through a huge construction boom right now and a lot of people are worried about how it's affecting our "nature heritage". It's definitely important to raise awareness on the impact we're having on our planet and other species.

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      Lakota429 9 years ago

      Great job. Super-Informative and well put together. 5 stars! Amazing photos, too. Annie~

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      ZachG LM 9 years ago

      Awesome lens! Nice work. I care a lot about endangered animals and this was a lot of fun to read. Five stars!

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      EvieJewelry 9 years ago

      Nice Job

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      NightSquid LM 9 years ago

      Now That's what I call a lens, Great Presentation and Work, Kiwisoutback!

      Cheers NightSquid

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      flowski lm 9 years ago

      Great information about endangered species. Nice pictures too, thanks!

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      normslink 9 years ago

      Great work! Flows well. Informative, with striking photos.

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      StacymomBiz 9 years ago

      I absolutely love this lens! What a great job :-)

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      Nathalie Roy 9 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Nice lens!! I did not know kiwi were on the endangered list :( so sad

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      JonitasKalimpo 9 years ago

      Good work kiwi. This is a very serious problem, that (unfortunally) people keep forgeting

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      Teacher Adez7 9 years ago

      Great lens with good information.

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      RaintreeAnnie 9 years ago from UK

      This is a wonderful lens! Thank you for raising awareness of endangered species. You have good information and some really beautiful photos here :)

      Adding to faves and 5 stars to you !

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      Signhappy 9 years ago

      Great information, and a wonderful lens. So good to bring attention to this issue. 5 stars!!

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      billco1 9 years ago

      Another excellent lense!

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      NeonZeppelin 9 years ago

      Wow, this is really impressive. What you've created here is part imformative page, part art. Pages like this are really what make Squidoo a good place to come to. *favorite*

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      sisterra 9 years ago

      Loved this lens! Photos are amazing.

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      Samantha Devereux 9 years ago from Columbia Mo

      Great lens!