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Definition of ENDANGERED SPECIES
: a species threatened with extinction; broadly: anyone or anything whose continued existence is threatened
First Known Use of ENDANGERED SPECIES
Any species of plant, animal, or other organism threatened with extinction. International and national agencies work to maintain lists of endangered species, to protect and preserve natural habitats, and to promote programs for recovery and reestablishment of these species. The Species Survival Commission of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) publishes information online about approximately 41,500 endangered species worldwide as the Red List of Threatened Species. Separate books for animal and plant species are also published. In the United States, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are responsible for the conservation and management of fish and wildlife, including endangered species, and their habitats. Its list now consists of about 1,890 domestic species of endangered or threatened animals and plants.