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  1. Endangered Species Sources (EE-Link)
      Provides sources of information on endangered species, as well as related links on facts, policies, laws, and treaties. 5-00

  2. Wildlife Conservation (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
      "Access the latest publication of listed animals and listed plants as published in the Government Printing Office's Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants 50 eCFR 17.11 and 17.12, which is updated daily."

  1. 03-22-01 Endangered Species Act Provisions Opposed (
      Reports that the Bush administration seeks to "eliminate a provision of the Endangered Species Act that allows private groups to sue the Department of the Interior to add plants and animals to the official 'endangered' list...." 5-01

  2. African News for Sustainable Health and Peace (
      Provides news related to water, health, agriculture, and biodiversity.

  3. Extinction of Insects (
      "These results don't mean that insects are fine. Indeed, I believe there is good evidence that some species of insects are in decline and in danger of extinction. But our findings indicate that overall, the idea of large-scale insect declines remains an open question."

  4. Primates in Peril (BBC News)
      Provides an update on the extinction of primates. 5-00

  1. Chimpanzees (Oakland Zoo)
      Provides facts and pictures of chimpanzees, especially the endangered bonobo or pygmy chimpanzee.

  2. Conservationist Wins Gold Award (BBC News)
      "A conservationist who has spent 25 years trying to protect Peru's marine wildlife has won a top UK environment prize, the Whitley Gold Award."

      "Patricia Majluf researched and then campaigned against the impact of anchovy fishing off the Peruvian coast."

      "High catches have affected dolphins, sealions and birds such as pelicans." 05-06

  3. Domesticated Bees Shortage (
      "Decades of disease and overuse of pesticides have put the squeeze on populations of the domesticated honeybee. As a result, farmers are increasingly left with fields of flowering crops that fail to bear fruit."

      "Since some 15 to 30 percent of the food we humans eat directly or indirectly depend on the pollination services of bees, scientists say the problem threatens to take some excitement—and potentially abundance—from our diets." 10-04

  4. Endangered Dolphin Probably Extinct (MSNBC News)
      "The long-threatened Yangtze River dolphin in China is probably extinct, according to an international team of researchers who said this would mark the first whale or dolphin to be wiped out due to human activity." 08-07

  5. Endangered Species (Kids' Planet)
      Provides factsheets on endangered species, by region of the world.

  6. Endangered Species Traffic (Traffic 2000)
      Provides news and facts to reduce traffic in endangered species. 5-00

  7. Endangered or Threatened Birds (Texas Parks and Wildlife)
      Provides short descriptions and photos of the birds. 2-00

  8. Koalas Face Extinction (MSNBC News)
      "Koalas, Australia's iconic symbol, face extinction as rapid urbanization along the eastern seaboard destroys their fragile habitat, the Australian Koala Foundation is warning." 6-04  

  9. Koalas Face Uncertain Future (MSNBC News)
      "The koala, cuddly symbol of a nation and one of the most beloved animals on the planet, is in crisis. Before Europeans settled Australia more than two centuries ago, about ten million koalas lived in a 1,500-mile-long swath of the east coast eucalyptus forests. Hunted for their luxurious fur, koalas were brought to the edge of extinction in the southern half of their range. In the northern half, Queensland, a million were killed in 1919 alone. After the last open season in Queensland was held in 1927, only tens of thousands remained." 04-12

  10. Large Carnivores Under Threat (
      "The story of the world’s large carnivores is a largely bleak one. In the not so distant past, most people—even scientists—largely viewed large carnivores as competitors, pests, and deadly threats. Such views led to conflict and even extermination campaigns that killed-off many of the world’s top predators in Europe, North America, the Middle East, and North Africa, and decimated populations elsewhere. In fact, the study finds that 66 percent of the 31 biggest carnivores are currently listed as threatened on the IUCN Red List."

      " 'There is now overwhelming evidence from around the world that we are better off with top predators in the environment because of the many important roles they perform, such as reducing overgrazing of vegetation by herbivores which increases the carbon sequestration capabilities of habitats and in turn assists with ameliorating the impacts of climate change,' says Ritchie."

      "The unmistakable importance of predators is not regulated to the land alone. Research has shown that sea otters (Enhydra lutris) exert a huge influence on their environment by keeping urchin populations in control. When sea otters are killed off, sea urchin populations explode, decimating kelp forests. The researchers write that sea otters '[enhance] the abundance and distribution of kelp and other fleshy macroalgae in coastal inshore ecosystems.' "01-14

  11. Polar Bears Going Extinct (CBS News)
      "More than two-thirds of the world's polar bears will be killed off by 2050 - including the entire population in Alaska - because of thinning sea ice from global warming in the Arctic, government scientists forecast Friday." 09-07

  12. Seeds for Diversity (Journey to Forever)
      Describes projects to save the diversity of plants on our planet. 12-00

  13. Top Ten EDGE Species (MSNBC News)
      "Scientists launched a bid Tuesday to save some of the world’s rarest and most neglected creatures from extinction."

      " 'We are focusing on EDGE species — that means they are Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered,' said Zoological Society of London scientist Jonathan Baillie. 01-07

  1. Gorillas Endangered Species Program (
      Provides news and programs to support endangered gorillas. "The largest of the great apes, gorillas are among our most endangered species. Having endured decades of civil war in the region, gorillas are confronted by the devastating consequences of increased habitat loss, poaching for the bushmeat trade and the spread of dangerous diseases like Ebola." 12-03

  2. National Wildlife Federation
      Provides programs to protect endangered habitats, wetlands, endangered species, and more.

  3. Projects to Enhance Biological Diversity (
      Describes actions you can take. 04-13

  1. Endangered Species Worksheets (AbcTeach)
      Provides dozens of printable worksheets by type of species. 8-01


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