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Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 11/14/2007

Matchmaking: Celebrity Species

By Liz Kelly

Yesterday's rumors of Paris Hilton's interest in drunken African elephants turned out to be greatly exaggerated. In fact, the most exotic drunk Paris has ever seen is probably Stavros Niarchos. But, this non-story could serve as an inspiration to Paris and other stars who -- in the name of good PR -- should flock to the ever-expanding list of endangered species to adopt a pet cause.

Below, we pair a few more celebs with endangered species in need of a little star power.

1. Mary-Kate Olsen and the Black-Footed Ferret




In addition to sharing a striking resemblance and hyphenated names, both Mary-Kate and the ferret have experienced trouble staying properly nourished.

2. Star Jones Reynolds and the Slender Chub




Reynolds, who faced her own obsolescence from "The View," may find it easy to identify with Virginia's Erimystax Cahni.

3. Duane "Dog" Chapman and the Wild Ass




This beefy bottle blond's TV career defied all logic, much as this ungulate native to eastern Africa continues to defy extinction.

4. Tara Reid and Gammarus Desperatus




What does this crustacean, also known as Noel's Amphipod, have in common with party girl Tara Reid? The Latin name really says it all. (Note: The picture is not actually Noel's Amphipod, just some random amphipod.)

5. Britney Spears and Her Children




Spears, although as yet unmotivated, is uniquely positioned to help Spawnus Federlinus make it to adulthood.

(Photo Credits: Mary Kate Olsen, Tara Reid, Star Jones Reynolds -- Getty Images. Duane Chapman, Britney Spears -- AP. Black Footed Ferret, Margaret Thomas for TWP. Ampipod, NOAA. Slender Chub, Virginia Tech. Us cover courtesy Us Weekly)

By Liz Kelly  | November 14, 2007; 10:40 AM ET
Categories:  Celebrities  
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