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Endangered Species Classroom Studies



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The Extinction Crisis: The human species, one of millions of life forms on this planet, is threatening the very existence of many other species. Biological diversity, or biodiversity, is the variety of lifet…continue reading


Why it Matters: Should it matter to humans that other life forms are disappearing? Many people think so. Human populations depend on plants and animals for much of their food, medicines, clothing, and…continue reading


Threatened and Endangered Species: Under the Endangered Species Act in the United States, a species or subspecies is regarded as “endangered” when it is in danger of extinction throughout all…continue reading


The Causes – Habitat Loss: The most common cause of endangerment is habitat loss. Plants and animals need space to live and energy provided by food, just as humans do. As human population and…continue reading


The Causes – Overexploitation: Humans also deplete wildlife populations by capturing or killing individuals for their own use. Animals are killed for food, fur, feathers, oil, medicines, crafts, and a host of other…continue reading


The Causes – Introduced Species: Humans often move species around, introducing species that are not native to an ecosystem and disrupting the delicate balance that evolved among species in that…continue reading


The Causes – Pollution: One of the ways habitat is degraded is by pollution. Creatures that depend on either freshwater or saltwater for all or part of their life cycles, like fish, frogs, marine mammals…continue reading


The Causes – Other Factors: We know less about other factors that probably contribute to the decline of biological diversity. We know little about how changes in our atmosphere, such as…continue reading


Conservation Biology: The new discipline of conservation biology has developed to respond to the increased threats to biological diversity. Its main goals are to determine human impacts…continue reading


Conservation Actions: There are many ways conservation biologists are addressing the extinction crisis. These include 1) Establishing protected areas where wildlife habitat is preserved or restored…continue reading


Questions for Thought: Society does not have the resources to save every species from human-caused extinction. How should we decide where to put our energy and resources in conserving…continue reading

Bagheera is Produced by Endangered Species Journalist Craig Kasnoff

to Promote the Plight of Endangered Species and the Efforts to Save Them.