Monday, May 20, 2013

It's Endangered Species Day!

Today is Endangered Species Day! Defined, an endangered species is any species that is in danger of extinction throughout all or significant portion of its range. In the United States alone, there are an estimated 400 animals listed as endangered and the list is growing. 

There are hot spots around the world with high numbers of endangered species. These hot spots include Indonesia, India, China, Columbia and Mexico. Check out this interactive map to learn more about these hot spots and the endangered animals that live in them.  In Indonesia it's the Sunda Clouded Leopard and in India it's the Asian Elephant.

A Federal Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973. Learn more about it in this featured collection from Gooru Learning.

Keep up with STEMconnector's Gooru Corner for more information on endangered species.