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Endangered Species Day

May 17, 2019

Celebrate Biodiversity!

Protecting those species of plants and animals most at risk requires knowledge and action.

Green Sea Turtle

Join the 14th annual Endangered Species Day celebration with an event designed by you and your students. Below are several resources that will help you plan for this special day.

2013 was the 40th anniversary of the federal Endangered Species Act. The ESA was devised to protect plant and animal species from extinction. Species are put into two categories, "endangered" and "threatened."

According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, as of March 2017, there are a total of 503 animal species and 773 plant species listed as endangered and 208 animal species and 168 plant species listed as threatened.

Why is biodiversity important?

Biodiversity is important because each species no matter how small has an important role to play in the larger ecosystem. As a society we rely on these species for various aspects of our own existence.

According to the Convention on Biological Diversity, at least 40 percent of the world’s economy and 80 percent of the needs of the poor are derived from the biological resources. In addition, the richer the diversity of life, the greater the opportunity for medical discoveries, sustainable economic development, and adaptive responses to such new challenges as climate change.

Learn More about Endangered and Threatened Species

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