Due to habitat loss (deforestation), toxic pollution, fast-spreading diseases, poaching, wildlife trafficking, climate change, and other threats, endangered animals are having a tough time!
How much do you know about these endangered species? Test your knowledge on curious facts about some of the world’s most famous endangered animals!
Question 1) This endangered animal has carnivorous teeth, but mainly eats plants and fruits. It also likes to lick copper and iron. What animal is it?
- Scientists have found that pandas have a taste for copper and iron, besides their love for bamboo.1
Question 3) What endangered species is the tallest flying bird in North America?
- Whooping cranes can be as tall as the actor Danny DeVito; they are five feet tall!4
Question 4) During the 1900s, whaling drove blue whales to the cusp of extinction. The weight of a blue whale’s tongue is equal to the weight of ______.
- Whalers have decimated these beautiful creatures for their oil. Blue whales are the largest animal on Earth, so their tongue is pretty hefty!5
Question 6) Sea otters’ eating habits help to limit the sea urchin population. Why is that important?
- Although some people fear sea urchins, these animals do not make beaches dirty. However, when their population is not controlled, sea urchins can significantly impact kelp forests, which hosts many species.7
Question 8) True or False? Gorillas’ diet is similar to that of hedgehogs.
- Like hedgehogs, gorillas are mostly herbivorous (eating only plants)!9
Question 9) What endangered animal likes to sleep in the bodies of its prey?
- That is a weird eating habit these animals have: they fall asleep inside of carcasses only to continue eating as soon as they wake up.10
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1Ou, N. (2021, 06 29). 13 Interesting Facts About Giant Pandas. Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from www.chinahighlights.com: https://www.chinahighlights.com/giant-panda/interesting-facts.htm
2Ranthambore National Park. (2018, 03 08). 20 Facts You Probably Didn’t Knew About Tigers. Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from www.ranthamborenationalpark.com: https://www.ranthamborenationalpark.com/blog/amazing-facts-about-tigers/
3Vaughan, D. (n.d.). The Fastest Animals on Earth. Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from www.britannica.com: https://www.britannica.com/list/the-fastest-animals-on-earth
4The National Wildlife Federation. (n.d.). Whooping Crane. Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from www.nwf.org: https://www.nwf.org/Educational-Resources/Wildlife-Guide/Birds/Whooping-Crane
5National Geographic. (n.d.). Blue whale. Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from www.nationalgeographic.com: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/facts/blue-whale
6Wildlife Conservation Society. (n.d.). Asian Elephant. Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from thailand.wcs.org: https://thailand.wcs.org/Wildlife/Asian-Elephant.aspx
7U.S. Department of the Interior . (2017, 09 25). 12 Facts About Otters for Sea Otters Awareness Week. Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from www.doi.gov: https://www.doi.gov/blog/12-facts-about-otters-sea-otter-awareness-week
8WWF-UK. (n.d.). Top 10 Facts About Snow Leopards. Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from www.wwf.org.uk: https://www.wwf.org.uk/learn/fascinating-facts/snow-leopards
9Shields, J. (2019, 11 26). 9 Big Hairy Facts About Gorillas . Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from animals.howstuffworks.com: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/mammals/gorilla.htm
10Watson, S. (n.d.). Fun Facts About Tasmanian Devils. Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from www.australia.com: https://www.australia.com/en/things-to-do/wildlife/tasmanian-devil-facts.html
11National Geographic. (n.d.). 10 Orangutan Facts. Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from www.natgeokids.com: https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/animals/general-animals/ten-facts-about-orang-utans/