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Endangered Animals Around the World
Will there be any animals left in the world for our great grandchildren? I know this sounds outlandish but many of our animals in the world are becoming endangered not totally due to man but we contributed a lot.
Do you remember animals that were around when you were young that are either extinct or on the endangered list?
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Endangered Species Act
The Endangered Species Act of 1973 was enacted to primarily prevent the extinction of imperiled plant and animal life and secondarily, to preserve and recover these species by lessening the threats against them (ie, whale hunting). This was signed by President Richard Nixon on December 28, 1973. It was one of many environmental acts to be put into play during that time. Richard Nixon requested that this be written up as other acts that had been enacted upon in the past were inadequate for protecting these animals. This Act protected the animal's ecosystem he depended on as well as the animal this time.
As the animals repopulate, they are removed from the endangered list. An example of this is the Gray Wolf whose populations increased dramatically in the Northern Rockies, Southwest, and Great Lakes. Because of this increase, they were removed from the list. I think this is really great. Quite a few animals have been deleted from the list. Wouldn't it be great if a lot more of these animals could be removed from extinction?
I am going to be talking about mammals in this lens.
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Margay, a little wild cat
that is on the endangered list.
The Wild Cat Who Lives In Trees
A cute little wild cat called Margay or tree ocelot used to live in Texas and South America. This wild cat is on the endangered list and exists from Mexico down to Argentina. The Margay lives in the tops of trees. They have jointed ankles that rotate 180 degrees which allows them to hang from a branch like a monkey. They use their tail to keep them balanced. The margay's color allows them to be camouflaged from other animals, which allows them to hunt. The reason they are no longer in Texas is that the humans cut down all the trees and poaching illegally.
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Margay - Endangered Wild Cat Who Lives in Trees
You had better watch out! - He is looking at you and looks hungry
This is a South American Margay. They have been known to live for 10 years in captivity; but are usually found in a forest habitat, such as humid tropical evergreen and deciduous forests and swampy savannas. They are a tree dwelling mammal and live most of their life there.
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