January 2006
World Almanac for Kids;2006, p69
Information on endangered species and how they become endangered is presented. When a species becomes extinct, it reduces the variety of life on Earth. In the world today, 7,266 known species of animals (and even more plant species) are threatened with extinction. The biggest dangers facing the gorilla are habitat loss, being hunted for meat, and the Ebola virus. The largest living land mammals, weighing up to 6 tons, elephants can be found in Africa and Asia. Habitat loss and being hunted for the ivory in their tusks are the two greatest threats to elephants.


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