Last night, I popped in my new Ewoks DVD and passed out from the non-stop monotony and silliness of about an hour of the cartoon. (Seriously, would it have killed them to at least have the coloration on Chirpa, Logray, and Teebo almost somewhat resemble the characters in the film? I mean, come on!)
But how the ding-dang-heckamadoodle many intelligent species are running around on Endor? I know I've still got 3/4 of the cartoon DVD to slog through, and I need to rewatch the live action films, but here's the list so far:
Ewoks: Well, duh. Of course there are Ewoks on Endor. Extremely common (so common that no human has travelled to Endor and not met them), and found in trees, on lakes, and probably every other environment on the planet.
Marauders: Really dangerous, but really stupid, space pirates who have been trapped on Endor so long that they can't remember how a starship works.
Teeks: Apparently rather rare according to reference materials, but common enough for Ewoks to dislike them and for one (named Yeep) to somehow end up in a galaxy-wide race just before the Clone Wars.
Humans: Not especially common, but we've got at least the Towani clan, Noa, the Empire, and an especially nasty (but again none too bright) Nightsister running around. Plus all remote planets in SW seem to have a few pirate or smuggler groups running around.
Goraxes: The only sentient being I can remember from Caravan of Courage, but I'm pretty sure there were others. Giants (again, no geniuses) who love to keep pet Ewoks in cages. Only one is referred to in the movie, but statements in both The Illustrated Star Wars Universe and the Jedi Academy Trilogy indicate it is, indeed, a race of creatures.
Yuzzums: Probably the most travelled of the Endor natives, since one bounty hunter Yuzzum is seen in Jabba's Palace (and, try as we might, we can't forget the soaring vocals of Joh Yowza).
I am not sure, but I seem to recall reading that the stupid-looking spider things from the Ewoks cartoons are supposed to be Yuzzums. If not, those things count, because they're obviously sentient.
Wisties: Possibly the dumbest of the batch of dumb critter ideas from the cartoon, these are basically fairies. How original. Lak Sivrak was too derivative to stay in the Cantina, so why couldn't these things get Special Editioned?
Duloks: Supposedly distant cousins of Ewoks, though they look more like the Grinch's extended family. (We can probably assume that, given the liberties the animators took with the Ewoks, Duloks are probably more like 12-foot tall green Wookiees with horns and tails.) They're also mentally deficient and apparently smell really badly and attract bugs, too. They're the main foes of Ewoks, though in a more useless and cornball way, as only an 80s cartoon villain can be.
Phloggs: Okay, take the dumbest of any of the other creatures and cut its intelligence by 90%. The result would still look like a Nobel prizewinning geneticist next to a Phlogg. These things are just honkin' dumb. (Of course, they do have enough sense to diaper their infants, which gives them a slight leg up on Ewoks.) All any two Phloggs have in common is their giant size, mishapen appearance (some even have horns), and orangish color. Oh, and their complete lack of brains.
Morag: What is she? I don't know! She looks kinda like the love child of a Marauder and a Dulok, but Marauders weren't mentioned in the cartoon, and she doesn't really seem to be a Dulok when she meets up with them. About all I know about her is that she was once defeated by Logray, since apparently back in the 80s the official LFL story on the Ewoks didn't yet mention that Logray was a charlatan and a bully. (Of course, I kinda prefer Logray being a real medicine man myself. ) So she might be a representative of yet another Endor species.
Okay, there are at least eight (possibly at least ten) intelligent races on Endor. And figure in that several reference sources have justified the huge size of the Gorax and the trees by stating that Endor has low gravity due to its small size.
This is one majorly crowded planet we're talking about here.