an endangered species

endangered species

1. Literally, a species that is in danger of becoming extinct. Once an endangered species, these majestic creatures have made a great comeback with the help of preservation efforts.
2. By extension, 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.
See also: endanger, species

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.
See also: endanger, species
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They allow for the approval of activities that contravene other sections of the act, including those that prohibit the possession of an endangered species or its habitat.
Organizations such as Earthjustice sometimes go to court to stop construction projects if scientists believe that development will put an endangered species at risk.
If a crisis occurs with an endangered species on government land, the government often can't just step in and fix the problem.
At the time, officials with the Fish and Wildlife Service said it could not list the spineflower as an endangered species because of limited resources, even though the California Department of Fish and Game had recognized it.
Killing an endangered species can result in a fine of up to $50,000 or a prison sentence of up to one year.
Yet if landholders provide suitable habitat for an endangered species, they run the risk of their property being subject to severe government regulations, many of which constrain land from being used profitably.
Early in 2001, she and a team of scientists became the first to clone an endangered species, the oxlike Asian gaur.
It makes people proud to point to an endangered species and say, "That is an endangered creature and I'm on the team to rescue it from extinction.
Teachers who want an endangered species teaching kit should write to:
In part, the policy changes are expected to give those affected by an endangered species listing a greater say in recovery plans for the animal by including them in future endangered-species recovery teams.
The court has determined that "taking" of an endangered species under the ESA occurs only when "a direct physical injury to an actual member of the species" is involved.
Having pulled itself back from the brink of extinction, theAmerican alligator is no longer officially considered an endangered species, U.
Because the island is the primary nesting ground of an endangered species protected under our Endangered Species Act, the federal government should then have moved it.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST - Popular with fishermen, people looking for a place to cool off on hot summer days, and an endangered species of toad, Littlerock Recreation Area could get some changes.