Many animals suffer from deforestation practices around the world, losing their homes and the sustenance they need to survive.
With this biodiversity hotspots quiz, you can test your knowledge of the animal kingdom’s role in keeping the planet healthy, and its fight to survive.
Question 1) What is one of the most important ecological roles of Koalas?
- Koalas feed on excess vegetation in the eucalyptus forests they inhabit.1 If left untouched, this vegetation aggravates forest fires.
- An animal native to South America, the maned wolf feeds on native plant species. They disperse the seeds of these plants in their feces, helping to restore the Brazilian Cerrado.2
Question 5) Deforestation, poaching, illegal commercialization, and encroaching farmland are threatening the Badir’s tapir in ________.
- The Badir’s tapir can be found in Central America, but not in Chile, Kenya or Malaysia. In Nicaragua, these animals are facing lots of threats due to unsustainable human activities.7
Question 7) Sealous zebras are critically endangered in Mozambique due to habitat loss and poaching. Why are these zebras important in their ecosystem?
- Like other zebra species, Sealous zebras play a crucial role in the ecosystems they inhabit.9 Their services favor wild animals, domestic animals, and humans alike.
Question 8) Restoring forests in Nepal helps to save _____.
- Unlike the giant anteater, Andean fox, and lemur, the Himalayan musk deer inhabits threatened forests in Nepal.10
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2Mowbray, S. (2015 , 12 07). The Maned wolf: Saving South America’s largest canid. Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from news.mongabay.com: https://news.mongabay.com/2015/12/the-maned-wolf-saving-south-americas-unfortunately-named-canid/
3Alonso, N. (n.d.). Animals in Madagascar Threatened by Deforestation. Retrieved 07 29, 2021, from https://animals.mom.com/animals-madagascar-threatened-deforestation-5467.html:https://animals.mom.com/list-animals-living-australian-tropical-savanna-10904.html
4Gardner, C. (n.d.). Madagascar’s unique ‘Spiny Forest’ is fast being turned into charcoal. Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from theconversation.com: https://theconversation.com/madagascars-unique-spiny-forest-is-fast-being-turned-into-charcoal-58323
5Anwar, S. (2018, 04 10). Biodiversity Hotspots of the World. Retrieved from www.jagranjosh.com: https://www.jagranjosh.com/general-knowledge/biodiversity-hotspots-of-the-world-1523356211-1
6Baraniuk, C. (n.d.). Saving the blue parrots of South America. Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from www.bbcearth.com: https://www.bbcearth.com/news/saving-the-blue-parrots-of-south-america
7Hollard, R. (2020, 10 08). Demand remains high for Brazilian beef. Retrieved 07 29, 2021, from www.datamarnews.com: https://www.datamarnews.com/noticias/demand-remains-high-for-brazilian-beef/
8Morel, B. (2017, 09 04). In Nicaragua, a fight to save endangered tapirs. Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from https://phys.org/news/2017-09-nicaragua-endangered-tapirs.html: https://phys.org/news/2017-09-nicaragua-endangered-tapirs.html
9The Guardian. (n.d.). Fencing the Aberdares . Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from www.theguardian.com: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2009/may/11/wildlife-forests
10Mueller, J. (n.d.). What Contributed to the Mountain Zebra’s Endangered Status? Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from animals.mom.com: https://animals.mom.com/bison-vs-yak-3022.html
11Eden Reforestation Projects. (n.d.). Endangered Species in Nepal. Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from edenprojects.org: https://edenprojects.org/stories-from-the-field/2017/08/30/endangered-species-in-nepal/
12WorldAtlas. (n.d.). Madagascar’s Most Endangered Mammals. Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from /www.worldatlas.com: https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/madagascar-s-most-endangered-mammals.html
13Stacker. (n.d.). 50 endangered species that only live in the Amazon rainforest. Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from stacker.com: https://stacker.com/stories/3452/50-endangered-species-only-live-amazon-rainforest
14Conservation International. (n.d.). Why are biodiversity hotspots important? Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from www.conservation.org: https://www.conservation.org/priorities/biodiversity-hotspots