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Want to learn more about the topic in this week’s video? Here are some key words/phrases to get your googling started:

- keystone species – a species that plays a crucial role in the functioning of an ecosystem
- flagship species – species used as an icon for an environmental cause
- threatened species - species assessed by the IUCN as critically endangered, endangered, or vulnerable
- triage - assigning degrees of urgency to a large number of patients to determine the order of treatment


IUCN 2014. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3.

Joseph, L. N., Maloney R. F., & Possingham, H. P. (2009) Optimal allocation of resources among threatened species: a project prioritization protocol. Conservation Biology 23:328-338.

Small, E. (2011) The new Noah’s Ark: beautiful and useful species only. Part 1. Biodiversity conservation issues and priorities. Biodiversity 12(4): 232 - 247.

Smith, R.J., Verissimo, D.; Isaac, N.J.B., & Jones, K.E. (2012) Identifying Cinderella species: uncovering mammals with conservation flagship appeal. Conservation Letters, 5 (3): 205 - 212.

Sitas, N., Baillie, J.E.M., and Isaac, N.J.B. (2009) What are we saving? Developing a standardized approach for conservation action. Animal Conservation, 12(3): 231- 237.

US Fish and Wildlife Service. (1999) South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan. Mangroves: 3-519 - 3-552.

Warren, L. (June 2006) Panda, Inc. National Geographic Magazine.

World Wildlife Fund. (2014) Annual Report.

Image Credits:

Stinking Cedar (Torreya taxifolia) - Jerry A. Payne -

Pygmy hog-sucking Louse (Haematopinus oliveri) - Zoological Survey of India -

Sturgeon - Wikimedia user Cacophony -

Saiga Anthelope - Wikimedia user Seilov -

Echinocactus grusonii - André Karwath -

Cork Oak (Quercus suber) - Wikimedia user Joergsam -

Humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) - Patryk Krzyzak -

Paddlefish - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters -

Swietenia macrophylla - Flickr User jayeshpatil912 -

Arakan forest turtle - Public Domain -

Purple Frog - Wikimedia User Karthickbala -

Cute Panda - Wikimedia User Sheilalau (Public Domain) -

Frohawk Dodo - Frederick William Frohawk (Public Domain) -

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