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Dugongs are large marine mammals found throughout the Indo-Pacific region and the eastern parts of Africa. However, they are scarce throughout much of their range and the largest populations are found in the northern waters of Australia. They are the only remaining species of the Dugongidae family after their closest remaining relative was hunted to extinction in the 1700’s. Dugong numbers have declined over the years and the species is now listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Let’s find out why this species is threatened and what is being done to ensure this species survives.
Sea turtles are a group of turtles that inhabit the oceans of the world. There are seven species of sea turtles and five of these are listed as critically endangered (hawksbill sea turtle, Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and leatherback turtle) or endangered (loggerhead sea turtle and green sea turtle) by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), one is listen as vulnerable (olive ridley sea turtle), and one is listed as possibly vulnerable (flatback sea turtle), but unable to be accurately assessed. Let’s find out why these marine turtles have been listed as endangered.
Grizzly bears, also known as silvertip bears or North American brown bears, are a subspecies of brown bear commonly found in the northern reaches of western North America. Grizzly bears are a large animal with an adult bear capable of reaching 360 kg (790 lbs) in weight and more than 2 m (6.5 ft) in height. Grizzly bears are known for their sometimes aggressive interaction with humans, especially where a mother is protecting her young. The grizzly bear was once found from Alaska right through to Mexico, but today cover only half of their former range. Let’s find out what led to this decline and why the grizzly bear is now listed as an endangered species.
Orangutans are great apes and one of the most intelligent species of animals on Earth. There are two species of orangutans, the Bornean and Sumatran orangutan, and each species is considered to be endangered. The Sumatran orangutan is listed as critically endangered and there are thought to be less than 7,000 left in the wild. The Bornean orangutan is listed as endangered and about 55,000 are thought to be left in the wild. Both of these species are in decline and there are concerns that they could become extinct in the future. Let’s find out why the orangutans are endangered and what is being done to save them.
Lions are members of the big four cats and are the second largest living cat in the world. They are best known for being apex predators and have even been known to prey on humans. The male lion is best known by the mane and this unique characteristic makes them a very popular animal for tourists and wildlife lovers alike. Lions are found in Africa and Asia, although they are only found in relatively small pockets compared to their original distribution. The lion population is in decline, approximately 40% loss over the last 20 years, and it is officially listed as a a threatened species. Some subspecies are officially listed as critically endangered. Let’s find out why this species is considered to be endangered.
Polar bears are a species of bear that have adapted to live virtually exclusively in the Arctic Circle region. It is the largest bear, and also the largest land carnivore, in the world. An adult male can weigh 350-680 kg (770-1,500 lbs) and a female weighs about half of this. Polar bears are born on land, but spend much of their time at sea. They travel across ice, snow and open water in search of seals, which are their favorite food. The polar bear is listed as a vulnerable species and there are only about 20,000 animals left in the wild, with this number in decline. Let’s find out what makes this species endangered.
Elephants are a large land mammal best known for their long trunk. There are two species of elephants: the African elephant (sometimes separated into two species) and the Asian elephant. These two species of elephants share many similarities, but are not found in the same regions. Unfortunately, both of these species are listed as threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The Asian elephant is listed as endangered and the African elephant is listed as vulnerable. Let’s find out what makes these animals endangered and what is being done to protect them.
The sloth is a medium sized mammal that is native to central and South America. Sloths are arboreal creatures that spend majority of their time living in the trees. They have long arms and long sharp claws that allow them to live successful in their habitat. They have a short snout, tiny ears and a long, flat head. There are six species of sloth with two distinct families, two toed and three toed sloths. Sloths are commonly brown, white, gray and black in color so that they camouflage with their environment. Sloths are well known for their lack of activity and slow movement. Have you ever wondered why these animals are so slow? Read on to find out.
Blue Whales are the largest animal known to have existed on the planet. They can weigh more than 180 metric tonnes (almost 400,000 lbs) and grow to 30 m (98 ft) long! They belong to a family of whales known as baleen whales and all of the 15 species in this family have baleen plates, instead of teeth, that allow them to filter food from the water. Blue whales were once common in virtually all of the oceans on the planet, but there population declined rapidly in the 1900’s. Today, their numbers are slowly increasing, but they are still listed as an endangered species. Let’s find out what caused these magnificent creatures to face extinction.
Cats are one of the oldest and most popular domesticated animals. Many house cats enjoy a life of luxury and eat just as well as their human owners. As with any animal it is important that cats receive a balanced diet and are not exposed to food which may cause them harm. Many common foods consumed by humans are potentially harmful to cats. Let’s find out which foods are dangerous for cats.