Endangered Species at Bagheera


Endangered Species at Bagheera

Choose any of the Endangered Species below for further study and review. This will help deepen one’s understanding of why the species became endangered.

aye_aye_2011Aye-Aye: It took scientists decades to agree that the aye-aye was actually a lemur. It is truly the most bizarre of all lemurs, and one of the most endangered. The black, scruffy-looking aye-aye has a head…continue reading

black_lemur_2011Black Lemur: The black lemur is one of 28 species of lemurs, which are primitive relatives to monkeys and apes. The black lemur is unique among lemurs in that males and females are different colors…continue reading

black_rhino_2011Black Rhinoceros: The name “rhino” conjures up the image of a prehistoric beast, a huge creature with skin of armor. This image is not surprising, since these intelligent and affectionate creatures…continue reading

bessken_ferret_2011Black-footed Ferret: The rarest native mammal in the United States, the black-footed ferret is a short-legged, slender-bodied weasel. It measures just 1 1/2 feet (46 cm) nose to tail…continue reading

coral_reef_2011Coral Reefs: Reefs are physically as well as biologically important; coral reefs play a fundamental role in protecting coastlines from erosion and contribute to the formation of white sandy beaches…continue reading

dwarf_crocodile_2011Dwarf Crocodile: Crocodilians were once abundant in many tropical waters around the world. Crocodiles, along with their relatives the alligators, caimans, and gavials, are ancient animals that walked the Earth…continue reading

elephantElephant: Throughout history, the elephant has played an important role in human economies, religion, and culture. The immense size, strength, and stature of this largest living land animal has…continue reading

manatee_2011Florida Manatee: Although their bulbous, whiskery face makes this hard to believe today, manatees are probably the source of legends about mermaids. Their humanlike eyes must have captivated the…continue reading

giant_otter_2011Giant Otter: The giant otter is the South American cousin to the sea and river otters of North America, as well as those of Europe and Africa. The giant otter can grow to more than 6 feet (2 meters) long…continue reading

golden_lion_tamarin_2011Golden Lion Tamarin: Tiny, agile, and highly social, the golden lion tamarin has captivated people the world over. The tamarin has become a flagship species, highlighting the demise of its Tropical rain…continue reading

golden_cheeked_warbler_2011Golden Cheeked Warbler: The golden-cheeked warbler is one of over 200 species of migratory birds whose survival is threatened by destruction of tropical rain forests. Neotropical migratory birds, including…continue reading

gray_whale_2011Grey Whale: The gray whale is known as both the friendly whale and the fighting whale. Yupik Eskimos who hunt the gray whale in Alaska, and 19th century commercial whalers who hunted the gray…continue reading

dwarf_lemur_2011Hairy-eared Dwarf Lemur: The hairy-eared dwarf lemur of Madagascar is one of the smallest primates known. It was first described by scientists in 1875 and was not seen after that except by local Madagascan people…continue reading

hyacinth_macaw_2011Hyacinth Mccaw: Many people are familiar with macaws and parrots as pet store animals. It might be difficult, then, for people to imagine what these large, loud, beautiful birds look like in the wild…continue reading

indian_python_2011Indian Python: Throughout history, humans have regarded snakes with both fascination and horror. In many cultures, snakes have been symbols of evil, from the Biblical serpent in the Garden of…continue reading

kakapo_main_2011Kakapo: The kakapo is also called the “owl parrot” for its nocturnal habits and owllike body and large eyes. There once were hundreds of thousands of kakapos on the islands of New Zealand in the…continue reading

komodo_2011Komodo Dragon: Imagine being shipwrecked on a remote island and finding yourself face-to-face with the world’s largest living lizard — a meat-eating monster up to 12 feet (3.6 m) long, weighing…continue reading

leatherback_turtle_2011Leatherbacked Turtle: Once a male leatherback sea turtle struggles from its egg and makes its way to the sea as a 4-inch (10 cm) hatchling, it may never again return to land during its 80-year lifetime…continue reading

malayan_sun_bear_2011Malayan Sun Bear: The smallest bear in the world, an adult male Malayan sun bear is about 4 feet (1.2 m) tall when standing on its hind legs and can weigh up to 140 pounds (64 kg). Despite their small size, sun…continue reading

monk_seal_2011Mediterranean Monk Seal: Nearly 140 million people live along the Mediterranean Sea’s 28,000 miles (45,000 km) of coastline. An equal number of tourists flood the area from May to October every year…continue reading

golden_toad_2011Monte Verde Golden Toad: The Monteverde golden toad is more glamorous and mysterious than it seems an amphibian could be. Its glamour is nature-made but its mysterious decline probably is…continue reading

mountain_gorilla_2011Mountain Gorilla: Gorillas are one of the most feared animals in the world, thanks to movies like King Kong and Congo . While it is true that they are large, powerful creatures, they are also gentle and…continue reading

numbat_2011Numbat: The numbat, also called the marsupial anteater, is a small, slow-moving oddity of Australia. Its reddish-brown body banded with white and black eye stripes on a delicate…continue reading

orangutan_2011Orangutan: The only great ape that lives on the Asian continent, the orangutan is found on the Malaysian islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Its name means “man of the forest,” and it is one…continue reading

philippine_eagle_2011Philippine Monkey-eating Eagle: Eagles have held a special place in the cultures of many civilizations because of their impressive size and beauty. Used to symbolize royal power, from ancient Egypt to the…continue reading

short_tailed_2011Short-tailed Albatross: As described in this famous poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, sailors have long considered the albatross to be a good omen. Early ocean explorers believed that sighting a bird…continue reading

Bagheera is Produced by Endangered Species Journalist Craig Kasnoff

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