endangered species

noun

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 Previously known as the Wild Canid Survival and Research Center, the non-profit cares for endangered species of canids like the Mexican gray wolf and reintroduces them into the wild to help balance natural ecosystems. Julia M. Chan, CNN, 2 Jan. 2022 The polar bear became the first and only creature designated as threatened with extinction primarily because of global warming when it was added to the federal endangered species list in 2008. Louis Sahagúnstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2022 The bat was first introduced to the federal endangered species list in March of 1967 alongside the American alligator, the Bald Eagle and the Grizzly Bear. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Mar. 2022 The starting pitcher remains an endangered species in Major League Baseball – but also a paradox. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 6 Apr. 2022 Unlike the recovery efforts for endangered species such as the California condor, the pond turtle conservation effort is easy to see by visiting the zoo’s Nature Exploration Station. oregonlive, 9 Oct. 2021 Then there’s the vaquita, an even more endangered species of small harbor porpoise, caught as collateral damage in nets set out for totoaba. Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2022 The zoo, which specializes in rare and endangered species, was the first to successfully breed a black lion tamarin in captivity in 1990, according to their website. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 3 Apr. 2022 From the giant panda being taken off China's list of endangered species to a 70-year-old making history as the oldest woman to climb El Capitan, there were plenty of bright spots in 2021. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 27 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of endangered species

1865, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jun 2022

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“Endangered species.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endangered%20species. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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