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Status Check for African Elephants

ExplainerUnited States, Africa
Vulnerable here, endangered there, threatened over yonder. What do all these classification systems mean for the future of our largest living land animals?

Out of Africa

Latest NewsUnited StatesBrian Palmer
The U.S. government classifies all chimpanzees as endangered, after 40 years of stalling.

Are Giraffes Endangered?

ExplainerInternational, United States
Conservation scientists say giraffes are headed toward extinction. Now the U.S. government must catch up with the scientific consensus.

Whale Woes: NRDC Petitions for Endangered Species Act Protections

Press Release
LOS ANGELES (September 18, 2014) —The Gulf of Mexico’s only non-migrating great whales are in big trouble, which is why the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) today petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service to add the region’s Bryde’s (pronounced BROO-dus)…

400-Million-Year-Old Creatures on the Brink of Extinction

Expert BlogElizabeth Murdock
Scientists took a close look at how oceanic sharks and rays are faring globally and found that these species have declined by over 70% in the last 50 years, due to a massive, 18-fold increase in fishing pressure on these…

Pristine Prairie, Home to Endangered Bee, May Be Destroyed

Expert BlogLucas Rhoads
An airport expansion threatens to wipe out a population of the once-common, now endangered, rusty patched bumble bee. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's failure to protect the bee's habitat is partly to blame.