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    Every animal and plant on Earth is important to the well-being of the planet. What happens to the species on land, in the air, and under the oceans directly impacts our lives. And as our environment continues changing, Earth’s wildlife is reacting in different ways.

    Some species are in trouble, and others are moving from one habitat to another. This collection of articles from Scholastic News Online provides information on species that are endangered, like pandas and fish that live in coral reefs. There are also articles about animals that have begun to increase in numbers, like the grizzly bear and bald eagles. You’ll find information on endangered plants, too.

    You can read more about our planet’s endangered wildlife in an expanded Endangered Species special report here.

    Articles

    Tasmanian Devil Endangered

    Tasmanian Devil Endangered
    by Laura Leigh Davidson
    Scholastic News Online | nullnull,null
    You may know the Tasmanian devil as a cartoon character who speaks a crazy language of slobbery grunts. The true Tasmanian devil is a rare doglike animal that lives in Australia. Unfortunately, the devil is rapidly disappearing.

    Polar Bear Protection Program

    Polar Bear Protection Program
    by Laura Leigh Davidson
    Scholastic News Online | nullnull,null
    After months of consideration, the U.S. government has officially listed the polar bear as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne outlined the landmark decision on Wednesday.

    Plight of the Penguins

    Plight of the Penguins
    by Laura Leigh Davidson
    Scholastic News Online | nullnull,null
    The majestic Emperor penguins are facing a serious decline in population. As the climate of their home on the Antarctic Peninsula gets warmer, the ice on which the penguins raise their chicks is literally melting away.

    When Elephants Fly

    When Elephants Fly
    by Laura Leigh Davidson
    Scholastic News Online | nullnull,null
    Alaska’s only elephant makes her way to a new home in California after caretakers agreed that a warmer climate and living with other elephants could help her recover from worsening health problems.

    Eagles Are Back

    Eagles Are Back
    by Karen Fanning
    Scholastic News Online | nullnull,null
    For more than 30 years, the American bald eagle has been perched atop the list of Endangered Species. But the stately birds have made a magnificent comeback. Government officials announced that the eagle is no longer a threatened species.

    Protecting Polar Bears

    Protecting Polar Bears
    by Karen Fanning
    Scholastic News Online | nullnull,null
    The Bush administration took action last week to help the world’s shrinking polar bear population, announcing that the animals may soon be protected under the Endangered Species Act.

    Balancing Act

    Balancing Act
    by Jeffrey Rambo
    Scholastic News Online | nullnull,null
    This is an article about emperor penguins.

    The Government's Role

    The Government’s Role
    by Karen Fanning
    Scholastic News Online | nullnull,null
    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service works to protect endangered species.

    Panda Power in D.C.

    Panda Power in D.C.
    by Michael Murphy
    Scholastic News Online | nullnull,null
    The pandas in the nation’s capital have a new home! The Fujifilm Giant Panda Habitat and Asia Trail opens to the public on October 17. It provides more space for the panda family that lives at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

    Special Delivery

    Special Delivery
    by Karen Fanning
    Scholastic News Online | nullnull,null
    This is an article about the birth of a giant panda cub at the Atlanta zoo.

    Saving Costa Rica's Green Iguanas

    Saving Costa Rica’s Green Iguanas
    by Amy Miller
    Scholastic News Online | nullnull,null
    Every year in early spring, female green iguanas climb down from the tall trees of Costa Rica’s rain forests and lay their eggs in sandy beaches along the ocean. And every year, people are waiting to catch and eat them.

    The Grizzly Bear is Back!

    The Grizzly Bear is Back!
    by Tiffany Chaparro
    Scholastic News Online | nullnull,null
    After 30 years of federal protection, the Yellowstone grizzly bear will soon be removed from the endangered species list.

    What Fish Should You Buy?

    What Fish Should You Buy?
    by Tiffany Chaparro
    Scholastic News Online | nullnull,null
    Coral reef fish are endangered, but a new protection group is trying to save them.

    How One Girl Helped

    How One Girl Helped
    by Gail Hennessey
    Scholastic News Online | nullnull,null
    A visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom inspired 6-year-old Audrey Petoskey to help save an endangered bird.

    Riverbanks Zoo: A Leader in Species Protection

    Riverbanks Zoo: A Leader in Species Protection
    by John Dixon
    Scholastic News Online | nullnull,null
    South Carolina Zoo boasts three new tiger cubs as part of its species survival plan.

    Why We Care

    Why We Care
    by Karen Fanning
    Scholastic News Online | nullnull,null
    An animal’s extinction can interfere with nature’s order and eventually harm people.
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