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Diagram of IUCN conservation categories
Diagram of IUCN conservation categories

Endangered (EN) is a conservation status assigned by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to species or lower taxa that are at risk of becoming extinct, because it is either few in numbers or threatened by changing environmental or predation parameters.

Many nations have laws offering protection to conservation reliant species such as restricting land development, creating preserves or forbidding hunting.

Only a few of the many species at risk obtain legal protection, such as giant pandas. Many more species have the potential to become extinct without gaining public notice.

Examples of endangered species are; Galapagos Penguin, Bumblebee Bat, Dhole, Fossa, Snow Leopard, Tiger, Blue Whale, Tasmanian Devil, Bornean Orangutan and the Green Sea Turtle.

Also see:
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Near Threatened
Critically Endangered
Extinct in the Wild


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