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an endangered species

A type of something that is already very rare or could soon become rare. I worry that this type of work will soon be an endangered species if funding keeps getting cut.
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endangered species

A group threatened with extinction or destruction. For example, Workers willing to put in overtime without extra pay are an endangered species, or With the new budget cuts, public television has become an endangered species. This expression, originally referring to species of plants or animals in danger of dying out, began in the 1980s to be extended to anything or anyone becoming rare.
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an endangered species

If you describe something as an endangered species, you mean that there are not many of them left. Business class is in danger of becoming an endangered species, except on long flights. Bassoons, oboes and the big brass instruments are endangered species because children do not want to play them. Note: This expression comes from the literal meaning of a plant or animal that is likely to die out soon.
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According to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), the common leopard, snow leopard, Ladakh urial, greater spotted eagle, fish eagle, houbara bustard, crowned river turtle, Indian soft-shell turtle and many other mammals, birds and reptiles in Pakistan are 'vulnerable'.
com/endangered-bee-species-conservation-group-sues-trump-admin-delayed-listing-2492760) Conservation Group Sues Trump Administration For Delaying Listing of Bumblebee As Endangered
Endangered species refers to species or subspecies that are not critically endangered but whose survival in the wild is unlikely if the causal factors continue operating.
Many species have become endangered because of overfishing and hunting.
Even though bald eagles are making a strong return, some scientists aren't sure that these birds should be removed from the endangered species list anytime soon.
Twenty-nine others became extinct before they had been officially identified as candidates for endangered species listing, such as Florida's emerald seaslug, California's Breckenridge Mountain slender salamander, the Oregon giant earthworm, and West Virginia's Rich Mountain cave beetle.
A preliminary ruling earlier this year in what has come to be known as the Tulare Lake case threatens to make protection of endangered species more expensive than anyone had anticipated, Haddock told reporters in October in Portland at the Society of Environmental Journalists annual meeting.
Instructs the Secretary of the Interior to use observed, field-tested, and/or peer-reviewed data in determining the addition of species to the endangered or threatened lists.
In May, a federal judge sent a sharp rebuke to the Bush Administration for backtracking on a commitment to protect California's endangered species.
Last December, Science World invited readers to enter our "Save Our Seas" contest--choose one endangered marine species and devise a plan to save it.
law, and the sperm whale is on the endangered list.
We continue to improve the Fish and Wildlife Service's Endangered Species Program web page.
Endangered species in Hawaii would get a boost if all goes as planned for the proposed Oahu Forest National Wildlife Refuge, now undergoing its final environmental assessment.
The Building Owners and Manager Association (BOMA) International, a leading advocacy group for the commercial real estate industry, announced that four issues of major concern to building owners and property managers have been added to its already full 1997 agenda: re-authorization of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA); reform of the Endangered Species Act (ESA); brownfields revitalization; and Superfund re-authorization and reform.
As an example of this last tactic, consider the following claim about the endangered species list made by Ray in 1993 on KKLA, a southern California religious radio station: