Endangered, Vulnerable, and Threatened Species

This category is for endangered species, under any status, on the three major International Endangered Species lists. Information concerning the individual lists, status, causes, and any predictions for the future of these animals, combined with physical and behavioral details.

45,068 Questions
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How much does lion cubs weigh when they are born?

When a mountain lion is born it weighs approximately 3-5 pounds.

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Hunting and Shooting

Is it illegal to shoot a beaver?

In some places it is, you just have to check local laws, and be sure it isn't, in your area.

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Botany or Plant Biology

Importance of multiple epidermis in plants?

increases water absorption

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Seals and Sea Lions

How much does a Mediterranean monk seal pup weigh?

A newborn Mediterranean Monk Seal pup weighs about 17-24 kg (37-53 lbs).

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Is the maned wolf the largest canid?

The maned wolf is only about 44 to 55 lbs. Although it is one of the tallest canids, it is far smaller (less weight) than canids like the gray wolf, which can weigh over 100 lbs, as well as some breeds of domestic dog, like the English Mastiff.

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Human and Animal Interaction

What animals became extinct in the Jurassic period?

Plesiosaurs, apatosaurus (just about all the sauropods), praeornis, archaeopteryx (a Jurassic bird), Brachyopomorpha, Stephanoceras, Pleurosaurus--most of the Jurassic species did not survive beyond the Jurassic.

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Animal Behavior

Do river otters kill beavers?

This information is according to information from Wikipedia

Mammals are rarely consumed by river otters and are not a major dietary staple.Mammals that are preyed upon by otters are characteristically small or are a type species found in riparian zones.[The few occurrences of mammals found in the river otter's diet include: Muskrats (Ondatra zibethicus); Meadow Voles (Microtus pennsylvanicus); Eastern Cottontails (Sylvilagus floridanus); and Snowshoe Hares (Lepus americanus).

There are varying records of otters preying upon beavers (Castor canadensis). Otter predation on beavers has been reported in the southern boreal forest of Manitoba.Trappers in Alberta, Canada commonly assert that otters are major predators of beavers.A 1994 river otter study reported findings of beaver remains in 27 out of 1,191 scats analyzed.However, many other studies did not report any findings of beaver remains in the scat sampled.

(Scat is animal droppings)

Other web sites also say that river otters will sometimes kill muskrats or beavers to take over their dens/lodges. Survival of the fittest.

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Apostrophes and Ellipses
The Difference Between

What is the difference between eagle's and eagles'?

Eagle's is the possessive form of the noun eagle meaning something belonging to the eagle like the eagle's wings or the eagle's tail while eagles is the plural possessive form of the noun like all of the eagles' wings are brown.

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Animal Behavior

Do wolves hunt mostly during daytime hours?

No, wolves will hunt at night because their prey might not be able to see them, and their night vision is better than their day vision......Wrong! actually they hunt both, day and night. (im someone improving this answer btw lol)

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How many fingers does a howler monkey have?

5 fingers

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Alligators and Crocodiles

Do alligators live in the Savannah River?

Yes, they are found in the Piedmont and coastal sections of the river.

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Is a 'possum's tongue rough like a cat's tongue?

No, the North American Virginia Opossums' tongues are "smooth and soft like velvet", according to a wildlife rehabilitator who specializes in 'possum rescue, rehabilitation, and reintroduction to the wild.

More interesting Virginia 'possum facts:

  • They are the only North American marsupial.
  • Like other marsupials, they have a pouch in which the babies mature.
  • They have a toe on their back feet that is like an opposable thumb which helps them move among tree branches.
  • They also have a prehensile tail that they can use to assist in stability and movement among the trees (although they do not swing from branches by their tails).
  • They have a bifurcated reproductive system, meaning the males have a two pronged penis and the females have two vaginas.
  • They are omnivorous. They eat mice, rats, and snakes and are helpful for control of these vermin. They love snails, fruits, eggs, crickets and other insects.
  • 'Possums have some resistance to rabies and present a lower threat to humans from zoonotic disease than many other species of American wildlife.
  • They don't have a long lifespan, typically living only to around age 2 in the wild, 4 in captivity.
  • Wildlife rehabilitators know that there may be a pouch full of babies that have survived when the mother has been killed on a road or highway, so they will stop and check the pouches. If there are babies (they usually stay in the pouch attached to a nipple for two and a half months), they are collected and raised by hand by these dedicated workers, taught how to catch and gather food, and other survival skills until they can be released in the wild.
  • Facts found about Virginia 'possums' name at WikiPedia (see link below for more):
"The Virginia Opossum is the original animal named "opossum". The word comes from Algonquian 'wapathemwa' meaning "white animal", not from Greek or Latin, so the plural is opossums. Colloquially, the Virginia Opossum is frequently called simply possum. The name is applied more generally to any of the other marsupials of the Didelphimorphia and Paucituberculata orders, which includes a number of opossum species in South America.

The possums of Australia, whose name is derived from a similarity to the Virginia Opossum, are also marsupials, but of the order Diprotodontia."

  • When threatened, they may "play dead" or "play 'possum", this is when they pretend to be dead so that predators will leave to find "live" prey.
  • There are fossil records of Opossums that go back 70 million years.
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Why do we save tigers?

we need to save tiger as it is the national animal of India and if it will be extinct the balanced diet and FOOD CHAIN WILL BE effected.

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Can you buy an elephant?

Yes , in poor countries

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Human Origins

Did cave man live during the Mesozoic Era?

Nope-all that stuff you've heard about neanderthals fighting giant tyrannosaurus Rex is fictional. In fact, Homo sapiens, or early humans, didn't appear for another 20 or so million years after the last dinosaur went extinct!

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Birds of Prey
Food Chains and Food Webs

What do goshawks eat?

Northern Goshawks (Accipiter gentilis) are the largest of all North American accipitrids. Their diet consists of birds and mammals, ranging from icterids and other relatively small birds to grouse and snowshoe hares. They usually hunt by ambushing their prey.

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White Tailed Deer

What are some examples of overpopulated animals?

Asian carp, starlings; white tailed deer, humans, and coyotes (in many areas); White perch, English sparrows.

Cats (Felines)
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Wild Cats

Are sand cats endangered species?

They are near the threat level. This means that it is in the middle.

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What do elephants sound like?

They sound like a trumpet. Either that or someone blowing their nose really loud or obnoxiously, which is basically what elephants do with their trunks to make the noise.

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Do tigers like snow?

Well they do not dislike the snow. They simply prefer the warmer climate, but they will have fun in the snow.

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Orcas (killer whales)

When did killer whales become threatened?

Killer whales (Orcinus orca) faced their most serious threat during WWII. All of the countries involved in that conflict had to have anti-submarine warfare capabilities for their own protection. Practice submarines were expensive to make and difficult to control, so the nations of the world used killer whales instead because it was a known fact that they were man-killers. We bombed them, strafed them and dropped depth charges on them wherever we found them, and we not only declared war on them, we didn't even have the grace to notice when they surrendered.

It is easy to assume that Killer whales have always been the non-aggressive creatures we see today, but just remember that every culture on the face of the earth that has an ocean shoreline has, in its legends, tales of killer whales munching on the citizenry.

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Are there any endangered animals in Sweden?

Yes, here is a list of endangered animals from Sweden:

Bechstein's Bat


Eurasian Otter

European Rabbit

Pond Bat

Western Barbastelle


Black-tailed Godwit

Buff-breasted Sandpiper


Dartford Warbler

Egyptian Vulture

Eurasian Curlew

Eurasian Peregrine Falcon

European Roller

Great Snipe

Ivory Gull

Lesser White-fronted Goose

Little Bustard

Red Kite

Saker Falcon

Steller's Eider

Fortunately, none are critically endangered.

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Ferrets Weasels and Badgers

Why are honey badgers endangered?

They are not an endangered species.

Honey badgers are a species not seen that often. They live at relatively low densities. However due to their size and the fact that they are not picky about what they eat, they are a mammal species that can live quite happily outside protected areas.

However, due to the fact that they are on the whole a solitary species they do not live in high densities. This does mean that they can be prone to local extinction in certain areas.

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Does a gray wolf live in the forest?

Gray wolves usually live in forest type areas where they can get food like meat and raise their young.

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Alligators and Crocodiles

How did the American alligator become endangered?

Alligators were hunted, mainly for the skin and meat. Driven to endangerment, government regulations to protect them were enacted. Today, the alligator has rebounded, and is a very common species again, numbering in the low millions.


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