Many steps can be taken to protect an animal from extinction but like anything the first step is bring public awareness to the issue. The IUCN Red List and Endangered Species Act of 1973 are great at tracking populations of animals and alerting the public when those numbers are decreasing too fast. After that laws can be created to make hunting of that animal illegal, or to ban the destruction of natural habitats that would threatened them. Beyond that, conservationists can create preserves or sanctuaries to keep an eye on them and ensure their safety in the hopes that they can repopulate themselves. One of the first near-extinct animals in the United States was the American bison. Over a hundred years of work at preventing their extinction today there are around 30,000 individuals (half of them in the wild) and they are no longer listed as endangered.
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