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Endangered species   [ Conservation status - Ecology ]

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  A general term that refers to a species facing imminent extirpation or extinction.  
An endangered species is a species whose population is so reduced that it is facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild throughout all or a significant part of its range, due to habitat change, reduction or destruction, over-collection or excessive capture, disease or predation, lack of regulation or management, or other natural or man-made factors.
Many countries have laws offering special protection to these species (forbidding hunting, banning their habitats from development, etc.) to prevent extinction. Only a few of the many truly endangered species actually make it to the lists and obtain legal protection. Many more species become extinct, or potentially will become extinct, without gaining public notice.

The conservation status of a species is an indicator of the likelihood of that endangered species continuing to survive.

See: Threatened Species





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