Over the last hundred years, hunting and forest destruction have reduced overall tiger populations from hundreds of thousands to perhaps 3,000 to 5,000. Tigers are hunted as trophies and also for body parts that are used in traditional Chinese medicine. All five remaining tiger subspecies are endangered, and many protection programs are in place. Poaching is a reduced—but still very significant—threat to Siberian tigers. Tigers live alone and aggressively scent-mark large territories to keep their rivals away.
Why is the animal endangered? What are humans doing to affect the sustainability of this species? The Moon Bear is endangered from illegal hunting of the Moon Bear’s body parts, habitat loss from logging & athe main reason being because over Asia thousands & thousands of bears are on bear farms, kept in tiny cages, in order to get bile (a liquid in bears produced by the liver, that helps to digest the bears fat) from the gall bladders. Catheters (a metal tube) are implanted into the bears gall bladder (next to the liver in the abdomen), where the bile is drained up to twice a day. The procedure is very unhygienic & causes many infections where some bears die as a result.
The Bornean orang-utan species has about 40,000 animals left in the wild, a much healthier number then the Sumatran orang-utan but still not ideal. While there are millions of acres of degraded land that could be used for plantations, many oil palm companies choose to use rainforest land to gain additional funds by logging the timber first. They also use uncontrolled burning to clear land, resulting in hundreds of orang-utans being burned to death and those who survive are left with nothing to eat. Approximately the area equivalent to 300 football fields per hour is being destroyed of the rainforests where the orang-utans reside, through the conversion to
Their geographical range extends from the southwestern U.S (Southern Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas) through Northern Argentina. Around ten coatis are thought to have formed a population in Cambria, UK. The coati’s life span is about seven to fourteen years in captivity. In the wild the life span is less, about seven to eight years. Coatis are considered carnivores by most scientists, though they eat vegetation and carrion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrion) as well, which would make them omnivores.
Ailuropoda melanoleuca, known as the “Bear Cat” in Chinese, is a species of bear found in the Ursidae family. It is native to the temperate broadleaf and mixed forests of southwest China, where, they consume about twenty-eight to eighty-four pounds of bamboo a day (“Giant Panda: Ailuropoda”, n.d.). In order to perform this formidable task pandas have a pseudo-opposable thumb, which is actually an outgrowth of the sesamoid bone in the wrist, that allows them to strip the leaves off the bamboo stalks. Since this animal is in the Order Carnivora, it does maintain the digestive system of a carnivore, causing it to gain little benefit from consuming bamboo; however, they have compensated for this by limiting their social interactions and living a more sedentary life (“Giant Panda”, n.d.). To manage their mostly herbivore diet, pandas have developed the ability to digest cellulose in their short, straight digestive tract.
Tropical rainforests are rapidly disappearing in a way that will greatly have an impact on planet earth. Since 1950, half of all tropical rainforests are gone because deforestation, mining and many other things are taking nature away from us. In a few decades, it has been estimated that the rest will be gone if we measures are not taken soon. The WWF (World Life Federation) oversees this ecological threat. They are working to save nature by helping people live in harmony with nature.
The Tarsier’s long slender fingers are for the grasping of branches. It’s hind legs give the ability of leaping almost 3 meters, and a long tail to balance itself. It’s actually two primate mixes of lemurs + ape. The Tarsier is nocturnal, and a very hidden creature, especially since he’s VERY small. In fact some farmers thought of them as rats that ate their crops.
According to California Invasive Plant Council for Spring 2009 says that weeds alone cost California $82 million a year and that also suggest that invasive species has cost the United States $138 billion. That is a lot of money and a lot of product that was lost because of the contamination of the crops and grapes. The glassy-winged sharpshooter (GWSS) feeds off the stems and happen to be at least 100,000 -150,000 insects per tree and they affect over 130 different plants. When feeding off the stems, the stem carry so much fluid that when the GWSS feed they consume large amounts to have energy and to grow. After filtering the essential nutrient from the stem it releases a small droplet that is later visible when it is
White Siberian Tiger There are many endangered species. Over 10, 801 different species are considered to be endangered. An endangered species is a population of organisms that is at risk of becoming extinct. This is caused by human’s destruction of habitats and poaching. In order to prevent more species from becoming extinct, the endangered species act was enacted.
These primates live in a habitat that consists of high altitude and thick forests with a dense herb layer. Due to the high altitude level, this gorilla is affected by climate change. These areas have distinct wet and dry seasons which are usually composed of tropical deciduous forests. These towering mammals’ diet consists of about one hundred and forty-two plant species (Stewart, 2003). About eighty-six percent of their diet is leaves, shoots and stems, seven percent is roots, three percent is flowers, two percent is fruit and the remaining two percent consists of ants, snails and grubs (Bonnett, 1986).