endangered species

A whale swimming (NOAA Fisheries)

Scientists find mysterious whale is a species all its own

U.S. scientists have determined that a critically endangered whale is actually a new species. Learn more about the discovery of Rice's whale.
Two towering piles of elephant tusks on fire (© Ben Curtis/AP Images)

Stopping criminals who traffic wildlife

Pangolins and rhinos are two of the most trafficked animals in Africa to satisfy intense demand from China. See what America's doing to thwart it.
Radiated tortoise crawling on ground (© Turtle Survival Alliance)

Saving Madagascar’s endangered tortoises during a pandemic

The U.S. government is helping a nonprofit group return Madagascar's endangered tortoises to the wild after the COVID-19 pandemic cost the group funding.
Great blue heron wading through wetlands as sun rises in background (© Suzy Mast)

The U.S. protects wetlands large and small

Coastal and land-bound wetlands cover 5.5 percent of the United States. Learn more about how the U.S. federal and state governments protect them.
Children looking at caged monkeys (© AP Images)

Wildlife trafficking endangers human and animal communities [video]

Global wildlife trafficking hurts animals, people and the environment. The U.S. government is working to stop this illegal business.
Orangutan in tree (© Nature Picture Library/Alamy Stock Photo)

China’s international building projects threaten biodiversity

The People's Republic of China’s One Belt, One Road initiative is destroying habitats and threatening endangered species, according to conservationists.
Hazardous waste containers piled up near water (© Sam Mednick/AP Images)

China’s development projects export environmental devastation

China's "One Belt, One Road" initiative is rife with corrupt construction projects that harm the environment in countries around the world.
Sea turtle swimming over coral reef (© Willyam Bradberry/Shutterstock)

These sea turtles face peril

Learn about the greatest threats to sea turtles, and how conservationists are working to ensure a future for these prehistoric creatures.
Illustrated poster depicting a poison dart frog and fire ants (State Dept./D. Thompson)

For Earth Day 2020, download this free poster

Earth Day, first marked in the United States in 1970, has grown into a worldwide commemoration in its 50th year. Download our Earth Day poster.