Once a species is listed as endangered, the Federal Government designates its habitat as critical as well. This is designed as the area where the species lives and if that area requires conservation efforts and protection. Any area outside of the area where the species lives that requires conservation and protection is considered as well.
Consideration categories by the IUCN for plants and wildlife are as follows:
1. Least concern – no immediate threat
2. Near Threatened – May be cause for concern in the future
3. Vulnerable – Faces a threat of extinction
4. Endangered – Faces a very high risk of extinction
5. Critically endangered – Faces an immediate threat of extinction
6. Extinct in the Wild – Only live in captivity. There are no animals in the wild
7. Extinct – No living species are alive
There are an additional 68 species under consideration and the list is growing every day. Conservation efforts must continue in order to save these precious plants and wildlife of a world that is very important.