endangered species


Definition of endangered species

: a species threatened with extinction broadly : anyone or anything whose continued existence is threatened

Examples of endangered species in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to Trudeau and surveys done by his center, livestock grazing on public land in Arizona harms threatened or endangered species that are dependent on a healthy riparian habitat. azcentral, "Arizona charges less than almost anyone else to graze cattle. Public schools miss out on the money," 7 July 2019 The foundation’s goal is to support those with mental illness and is expected to later expand to include initiatives for climate change, endangered species protection and nature conservation. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Avicii's Father Says He Doesn't Think His Son Planned Suicide: 'It Was Like a Traffic Accident'," 3 July 2019 Both Owen and Swaisgood agree that the story of the Chinese panda can help inspire endangered species protection back home. Cliff Kapono, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego Zoo studies return of the giant panda," 6 July 2018 Among those are 63 state and four federally listed threatened and endangered species and species of concern. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "Observation deck planned for Winthrop Harbor nature preserve off Lake Michigan," 2 Feb. 2018 Michele Weaver, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife endangered species specialist, said the agency is aware of the general decline in mussels nationally but acknowledged little is known about the overall status of western pearlshell in Oregon. OregonLive.com, "Study: Key freshwater mussel not reproducing in Willamette River," 2 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of endangered species

1923, in the meaning defined above

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“Endangered species.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endangered%20species. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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