An African elephant and her offspring eat shrubs in the Okavango Delta area of Botswana. African bush elephants are classified as vulnerable, with their numbers falling due to habitat loss and poaching.

Photograph by Jodi Cobb, National Geographic

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An endangered species is a type of organism that is threatened by extinction. Species become endangered for two main reasons: loss of habitat and loss of genetic variation.