Species that are more prone to certain risk factors are more likely than others to become extinct. For ex, species with a unique lineage, such as the giant panda, are likely to be at severe risk for extinction. Some argue that high-risk species are less successful products of evolution and should not receive extraordinary protection. Consequently, all species at risk for extinction should be equally protected.
Determine whether or not you believe our limited resources for species protection should be focused on species that are at the highest risk for extinction, and describe why.