By Ben Hoare
Eyewitness: Endangered Animals takes a glance at creatures around the globe which are at present threatened with extinction, in addition to the ways in which we will be able to support them live on. beginning with an summary of biodiversity and the internet of lifestyles, the e-book then examines the threats dealing with a variety of species, together with polar bears, sea turtles, tree frogs, river dolphins, jaguars, pandas, gibbons, and the California condor.
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Pollution spreads through the air, water, and soil, and no place on Earth is free from it. Litter is scattered across the deep seabed and dangerous artificial chemicals have been found frozen in Antarctic ice. The most damaging are poisonous chemicals that kill plants and create health problems in animals. However, just about anything can cause pollution. For example, carbon dioxide is produced naturally by all plants and animals. Industries release excess carbon dioxide into the environment, so this harmless gas becomes a pollutant.
In 2002, it was made illegal to catch one, but fishermen still sometimes sell giant whale shark fins for high prices. Before the trade ban, whale sharks were captured for giant aquariums, such as this one in Japan. However, whale sharks do not survive for long in tanks. 46 UNFAIR FEAR SHARK PLATTER People sometimes eat shark without realizing it. Small sharks such as this spiny dogfish are given more appealing names in restaurants. For example, in the UK, shark meat is served in fish-and-chip restaurants as rock salmon or huss.
These alligators used to live in vast swamps that surrounded the Yangtze River in eastern China. That habitat has been severely degraded as land is drained to make fields, and the alligators have to survive in the few muddy pools and ditches among the farms. There are fewer than 150 left in the wild. All other Chinese alligators are confined to small nature reserves. TRAPPED IN THE TREES Many small plants called epiphytes may grow on a rain forest tree Gibbons are especially affected by habitat fragmentation.