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Lake surrounded by mountains and trees (© Ray Bulson/Alamy)

The United States also has rainforests

From Puerto Rico to Alaska, there are a number of rainforests located within the United States. Learn more about them here.
2 beluga whales (© Waterframe/Alamy)

U.S. protects endangered species [photo gallery]

Since passing the Endangered Species Act in 1973, the United States has helped save nearly extinct creatures. Meet six of them here.
Three white rhinos eating (© Khalil Senosi/AP Images)

Helping African partners protect wildlife [infographic]

The U.S. is helping African partners protect wildlife. Learn how these efforts are reducing trafficking and preserving 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.