By comparison, 231 species gained such protections under the first President Bush, who served a single term. And in 52 of those cases, according to the Post, it was administration officials, not just activists, who requested the status change. The difference between father and son is far more striking than the disparity between Bush the elder and President Clinton, whose administration extended protection to 521 species over two terms of office.
As you can imagine, the current administration and environmental activists are squaring off over species that some people say belong on the list. "In a sign of how contentious the issue has become," reads the Post, "the advocacy group WildEarth Guardians filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking a court order to protect 681 Western species all at once, on the grounds that further delay would violate the law."
I was curious to see what these not-quite-endangered critters (and plants) look like. I contacted WildEarth Guardians and obtained some photos, which my colleagues assembled into this striking gallery.