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Hello, and welcome to Nicole, Melissa, and Elizabeth’s page. Our page is dedicated to informing you of the endangered animals in our world. Five of the many endangered, and near extinction, animals will be addressed. These animals include tigers, pandas, sea turtles, elephants, and polar bears. We hope that you not only enjoy our page, but that you also learn a lot from the information provided.

There are thousands of endangered species in our world. Although we work hard to save these many animals, they are still endangered, and near extinction. We feel that it is our responsibility to inform you of the dangers that so many creatures are faced with. Humans are destroying the environment, and with their environments, animals are fading away. There are laws that try to protect these animals, but the fact that they are still endangered shows that we need to do more. So be inspired to save the environment, just as we are, and spread the word to the world!
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Tigers:

Can you imagine life without anyone else, with you being the only kind of your species? Well that may be how a tiger might feel in years to come. Tigers, they are known as the world's largest cat. Ever since man kind has decided to cut down their homes, they have been forced to live in isolated populations in wildly scattered reserves, and in area's that are fairly dangerous to others, and themselves. Scientists and zoologists have discovered that the species of tigers slowly decreasing. If you put all the areas that they have left to occupy, it would be twice the size of Texas.

Researchers have found out that of the species of tigers that have lived on islands, have all disappeared.Hunters are starting to kill them for their skins because in some countries tiger skins are worth a lot. Since mother tiger's are only giving birth to 2 or 3 cubs a year, it really does not help the tiger's with their future extinction. In the whole world, there use to be 8 species of tigers, and now, it has been narrowed down to 3.
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Sea Turtles:
Sea turtles are very interesting creatures. Sea turtles breathe air, and amazingly, can stay under water for up to five hours while diving thousands of feet deep! Sea turtles do not have teeth, and depending on the species, they may be carnivores, herbivores, or omnivores. Their diets range from eating crabs, shrimp, and jellyfish to sea grass and algae. There are seven different species of sea turtles, and sadly, all seven species are endangered. Sea turtles are just one example of the many endangered animals in our world. Although there are many laws that fight to protect sea turtles, they are still harmed by pollution, litter, and oil spills. They are still getting caught in fishing lines and fishing nets. Baby turtles are confused by city lights, and try to crawl inland instead of out to the ocean. These animals deserve life, and we need to find new ways to try to protect the sea turtles.
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Elephants:
Elephants have a big reputation for being extraordinary, especially because elephants are the largest land animals on the planet! Elephants spend ¾ of their day eating. They eat from 250 to 500 pounds of vegetation, and they drink up to 50 gallons of water each day! Elephants live in India, Southeast Asia, and Africa. African Elephants reach the height of 4 meters, and some manage to become 4.5 meters tall! Elephants communicate with one another by making a low, quiet rumbling noise, that is sometimes unheard, or seemingly silent, to human ears. But surprisingly, those big ears elephants have do not help them hear. Instead, elephants use their huge ears to cool themselves down. They do this by pumping their blood to flow through their ears. Elephants then flap their ears back and forth, which lowers their blood temperature, thus cooling them down. Elephants are very gentle animals that have wonderful memories. The most interesting characteristic of an elephant is the trunk. Elephants’ trunks have many uses, such as using it as a hand to pick things up, using it to drink water or smell, and using it to give itself a shower. Sadly, the arguably best feature of the elephant is the reason why they are near extinction. The desirable ivory tusk causes poaching, and an estimated 35,000 elephants are killed for just their tusks. The tusks are sold and typically used to make jewelry today. There was a law put in place to stop poaching, and the number of elephants increased drastically. Although poaching continues illegally and elephants are still endangered, we can know that we are doing everything in our power to keep these animals safe.
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Panda Bears:
Pandas are one of the most endangered animals because of environmental issues. It all started many years ago when the Chinese would take the panda bears and keep them for their rental stock. Also, panda bears need fresh bamboo which has lowered in surplus. These animals are losing their habitat due to the people clearing their land for houses, stores, etc. Panda bears are also very expensive and hard to breed. So humans are not completely responsible for their endangerment. Another thing is that pandas can easily get sick which could possibly shorten their life time. But many people are trying to help these giant animals. Zoos are donating millions of dollars to help these animals. There is merchandise being made to raise money for WWF (world wildlife fund).

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Polar Bears:
You may think that global warming only affects us as humans, but it affects animals too. Polar Bears are being afftected by this the most. Because they live ion the icy tundra, experts believe that their home is starting to melt faster than usual. Since the ice is melting earlier than it should, it leaves earlier too, therefore bringing the polar bears food away with the ice as well. The bears are having a hard time finding food, because the animals that they eat are decreasing. Along with this, so is the polar's weight.

Researches say the the Hudson River has to do with the polar's habitat. If the Hudson freezes for a longer period of time, then that makes the polar bears safer for a longer period of time. If the Hudson melts faster, well, then the bears have a problem. Polar Bears usually mate during the cold seasons, and give brith just at the end of winter, but, since there has been warmer temperatures in the past couple of years, the female bears havent been giving birth that often. Since polar bears are at the top of the ecosystem, if they went extinct, then we would have many changes to make, and deal with in our world that we live in today. Scientists know that global warming will affect the polar bears, but no one is really sure about how they will act in the years to come with the higher temperatures that they will have in their environment.
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