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Endangered animals

Last Updated: Wednesday July 15 2009 14:18 GMT

What's an endangered animal?

A panda

A species is called endangered when there are so few of its kind left that it could disappear from the planet altogether and become extinct.

Extinct means an animal hasn't been seen in the wild for 50 years.

In total 804 plant and animal species are now recorded as extinct and 869 are extinct in the wild.

There are also 8,462 types of animal whose futures are threatened.