QUESTION: What is an "Endangered Species"?
ANSWER: An endangered species is an animal or plant that's considered at risk of extinction. Extinction is the state or fact of being rendered nonexistent, physically unsound, or useless. In the U.S. alone, there are 1675 endangered species. Species become endangered for two main reasons: loss of habitat and loss of genetic variation. We will also discuss extinction.
The whooping crane’s elegance will make a great watercolor. The whooping crane is the tallest North American bird, named for itswhooping sound. Along with the sandhill crane, it is one of only two crane species native to North America. The whooping crane'slifespan is estimated to be 22 to 24 years in the wild. After being pushed to the brink of extinction by unregulated hunting and lossof habitat, there were only 21 wild whooping cranes and two captive whooping cranes in 1941. Conservation efforts have led to alimited recovery.
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