Endangered Species Spotlight Topics at Bagheera


Endangered Species Spotlight Topics

Choose any of the Spotlight Topics below for further study and review. This will help deepen one’s understanding of the endangered species issue.


Overview of Extinction: For every species that is alive today, perhaps a thousand more have lived previously and become extinct. Most of these extinctions occurred before humans evolved, and the extinct…continue reading


Africa: The rapid human population growth in Africa is creating severe impacts on wildlife. Africa’s population growth, along with Asia’s, is the fastest on the planet. While the average number of children per…continue reading


Asian Medicine: Demand for animal parts for use in medicines is a leading cause of species endangerment. Traditional Asian medicines use parts of many animals, everything from rhino…continue reading


Australia: The Australian continent, which is similar to a very large island, has been isolated from the rest of the world’s land masses for so long that it has developed a tremendous diversity of…continue reading


Bald Eagle: America’s national symbol is back from the brink of extinction. The bald eagle (Haliaetus leucocephalus), once common throughout most of North America, was reduced to as few as 400…continue reading


C.I.T.E.S.: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement signed in 1973. The Convention regulates international trade of…continue reading


Endangered Species Act: The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is a United States law, passed in 1973. Its purpose is to conserve threatened and endangered animals and plants and the ecosystems…continue reading


Eskimo Whaling: Eskimo, or Inuit people have whaled in the Arctic for thousands of years. In 1977, a crisis over native whaling ensued when the International Whaling Commission revoked the subsistence exemption…continue reading


Turtles and Tortoises: Distant cousins of the sea turtle, freshwater turtles and land tortoises are also in decline worldwide. Their freshwater habitats are polluted, wetlands are drained, and these animals…continue reading


Global Climate Change: Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses in the Earth?s atmosphere trap the sun?s heat and keep our planet warm. In the last 100 years, global levels of carbon dioxide…continue reading


Hawaiian Islands: The Pacific islands of Hawaii are more than 400 miles (644 km) from the nearest neighboring land. Today these islands are undergoing ecological disaster. With more than 1 million residents and 6 million…continue reading


Population Growth: Each year, about 90 million new people are added to the planet. This rate of growth will swell our population from today’s 5.6 billion to about 8.5 billion by 2025. At present…continue reading


Island Biography: Island biogeography is the study of the distribution and dynamics of species in island environments. Due to their isolation from more widespread continental species, islands are ideal places for unique…continue reading


Keystone Species: A keystone is the stone at the top of an arch that supports the other stones and keeps the whole arch from falling. A keystone species is a species on which the persistence of a…continue reading


Madagascar: The ancestors of lemurs made their way from Africa to Madagascar, the fourth-largest island on Earth, more than 40 million years ago. Few other African mammals made it across to the island…continue reading


Mass Extinctions: Mass extinctions are episodes in the history of life on Earth during which unusually large numbers of species die off. They stand in contrast to the background rate of extinction…continue reading


Praries: Once America’s largest continuous ecosystem, the native prairie is now in danger of vanishing altogether. Prairies are vast open areas dominated by grasses. These ecosystems…continue reading


Threatened Marine Life: The Earth is over 70 percent water. All life on Earth is dependent on the oceans. Marine life, including the legendary great white shark and tiny seahorse, has joined the elephant…continue reading


Tropical Rain Forest: Tropical rain forests once blanketed the Earth like a wide green belt around the equator. Just a few thousand years ago rain forests covered 14 percent of the Earth’s land surface, or 5…continue reading


Species and Subspecies: If two groups or populations of a species do not interbreed, over time the genes of one group may become so different from those of the other that they are two distinct…continue reading


Spix’s Macaw: The spix’s macaw is as rare in the wild as a species can be, with one lone survivor. In the late 1980s, believing that the bird was extinct in the wild, conservationists focused on breeding the handful…continue reading


Species Survival Plan: The Species Survival Plan (SSP) strategy was organized by zoos in 1981 as a blueprint for cooperative breeding programs in North America. The approach has evolved to combat extinction in the wild as well…continue reading

Bagheera is Produced by Endangered Species Journalist Craig Kasnoff

to Promote the Plight of Endangered Species and the Efforts to Save Them.