African Wildlife Conservation
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African Wildlife Conservation
Whereas the earliest traces of life in fossil record of Africa date to the earliest times,[2] the formation of African fauna as we know it today, began with the splitting up of the Gondwana supercontinent in the mid-Mesozoic era.
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African animals

Endangered Animals

 

Rebecca Wan's insight:

-A total of 227 endangered rhinos have been lost to illegal poaching this year

-South Africa is home to the largest rhino population in the world, with about 20,000 animals.

-However, the number of the rhinos illegally killed in the country has been rising in recent years. In 2011, 448 rhinos were killed in South Africa, compared to 333 in 2010.

-The blue swallow is an endangered bird with a total number of about 4,000, breeding in southern Africa and wintering further in Uganda and Kenya on the African continent.

-In recent years, the number of the blue swallow in Africa is falling due to the destruction of its habitat at both breeding and wintering sites.

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Endangered African Animals

Endangered species in Africa

Rebecca Wan's insight:

-Some of the most endangered African animals are the chimpanzee, cheetah and African elephant.

-Many more species are under the threat of becoming extinct, such as the black rhinoceros and Ethiopian wolf.

-The constantly changing terrain and environment of Africa's wild animal habitats are being threatened.

-Another reason for elephants becoming endangered species is due to some cultures in certain areas of the continent actually eating the elephant's meat.

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Conserving The Endangered Species

Conservation

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-Scientists are closely monitoring the populations of endangered species.

-Science research centres are set up in Africa to study the conservation of endangered animals.

-People are helping to donate to these centres so they can better study and conserve them.

-Some animals only have about 2000 left, like the African wild dog.

-People are avoiding using things that contains harmful materials to the animals, for example ivory.

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