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Under the ESA, the federal government has the responsibility to protect endangered species (species that are likely to become extinct throughout all or a large portion of their range), threatened species (species that are likely to become endangered in the near future), and critical habitat (areas vital to the survival …
Some “endangered” animals include the Sea Otter, Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Giant Panda, Blue Whale, Albatross, and the Snow Leopard. Some “vulnerable” animals include the Lion, Cheetah, Hippo, Dingo, Polar Bear, Humpback Whale, and the Macaroni and Royal Penguins.
An endangered species is a type of organism that is threatened by extinction. Species become endangered for two main reasons: loss of habitat and loss of genetic variation. A loss of habitat can happen naturally.
A threatened species is a plant, animal, or other living organism that is becoming rare and that may become in danger of extinction if current trends continue. The US National Wildlife federation on the other hand, distinguishes between threatened and endangered species.
Learn about some of greatest threats to the survival of wildlife in the U.S.
Threatened Species are any species (including animals, plants, fungi, etc.) which are vulnerable to endangerment in the near future. Species that are threatened are sometimes characterised by the population dynamics measure of critical depensation, a mathematical measure of biomass related to population growth rate.
The four categories of endangered species are vulnerable, endangered, critically endangered, and extinct in the wild.
Here are just 8 (of the more than 200) animals and plants that rely on the Endangered Species Act for their survival.