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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.

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      Tasmanian Devil Endangered

      Tasmanian Devil Endangered
      by Laura Leigh Davidson
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      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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