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Animals that Have Gone Extinct and Why We Needed Them

Sadly, many animals have gone extinct over the years due to human interference. These animals were important part of food webs and ecosystems in the environment and, in some cases, they were of use to us in providing us with food. However, overexploitation or habitat destruction led to their ultimate demise. The Moa The moa was a large flightless bird from New Zealand. Since it was such a large bird, it was a useful source of meat. However, man hunted the bird to extinction. If the moa population had been kept at a healthy level, then today the moa could still have been used to provide some meat for the New Zealand population. The Passenger Pigeon [caption id="attachment_99" align="alignleft" width="302"] The Moa[/caption] The Passenger Pigeon of North America went extinct due to a combination of habitat destruction and hunting. These...

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How Deforestation Affects Animals

Deforestation has several negative consequences for both plants and animals. Forests cover about one third of the surface of the earth, but this is changing due to their rapid destruction. Rainforests, in particular, support a huge diversity and abundance of animal life, with many species living in rainforests that have not even been described. Trees Trees create shelter from the elements, like wind and sun, and provide a place for animals to feed, nest, breed and hide from predators. The ecosystem is fragile, and any disturbance can have widespread ramifications. Deforestation is usually caused by slash and burn agricultural practices or from logging by the timber industry. Destroying trees can directly harm animals that may have built nests there, or by changing microclimates. Animals that heavily rely on trees may be unable to adapt to a new habitat. That is...

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Why We Can’t Let The Worlds Animals Go Extinct

The Recurring Problem We hear it all the time, another species is going extinct. Years ago it was the gorillas, then it was a sea creature, then the elephants, every time you turn on the news you are bombarded with sad news from all around the world, and then on top of that you are hit with the news that another animal is going extinct and that you need to help. Often times the reason for this is because of mans own doing, whether it be over hunting or destroying their homes we are slowly killing off more and more species. Each time this happens there is a group that steps in and tries their best to help the species, often times they are successful, sadly sometimes they are not able to intervene and help the animal. So if this...

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Creatures to Look Out for a While Hiking in England

Going out into the wild? What out for these creatures while you wander through nature. Just a sting from them can ruin your trip! Ticks These creatures tiny in nature may seem very dangerous to have encountered with, because of its ability to cause Lyme disease from its bite. This strange disease can lead to heart attack, partial paralysis, arthritis, and many others as symptoms. More than eight people are victims of Lyme disease, Anaplasma, and Q-fever arising from tick’s bite every day in Britain. Always ensure to be careful when out on a stroll through long grass or leafy areas, as these ticks lie on greens at kneel height waiting to attach to any warm-blooded passerby. Adders Statistics have shown that Britain records around 100 adders’ bites every year. Adders’ bites can sometimes become very severe injuries causing victims...

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