Thousands of plants and animal species may be in danger of becoming extinct and disappearing forever. Some endangered species include giant pandas, tigers, and the silver sword plant, which is found only on the Hawaiian islands. Many species are threatened because of human actions. But by creating laws to preserve natural habitats, we may be able to save some of them.

endangered (en-DAYN-jurd)
Description: When there are only a few of an animal or plant species left, it is considered endangered.
Significance: With human intervention, there is a chance that endangered species can be saved before it's too late.
Some animals that are endangered today: manatee, Florida panther, California condor, African elephant, and black rhinoceros

Image credits: main image:montage of Silver sword, AMNH and Bald Eagle, courtesy of AMNH, Department of Library Services 1118.