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Transcript of Endangered Species
lowland heath occur mainly in northwest Europe.
Sand dunes & salty marshes
waterlogged environment; stays soggy even if no pools of standing water
remain dry part of year; fill with rainfall or snow melt.
Provide unique habitat for a number of rare invertebrates & amphibians.
Four Endangered Species of Europe
*Today, around 15 percent of Europe's animal species are endangered by habitat loss, pollution, over-exploitation, and competition from invasive species (National Geographic-education).
loudest amphibian in Europe!
yellow line down back
short legs; can't swim well or hop
burrow & hibernate from Nov-May
Western Europe along coast; very rare in UK, Ireland & Scotland
Coastal dunes, marshes, heathlands, vernal pools.
light, sandy soils
Small bat characterized with short, broad ears. Uniformed brownish coat.
Fewer that 1000 left!
Castlemaine Harbour, Ireland
Mediterranean Monk Seals
Restricted to the island of
& the island of Tenerife
of the Canary Islands.
These mammals forage over
ls considered one of the most endangered mammals in the world.
400 left in the wild!
Once widespread throughout the Mediterranean and the Black Sea coastline.
Past Habitat: The Beach
Scattered along islands in the Aegean Sea and also found on the southern coast of Turkey and Greece.
Habitat: Cliff-Bound Coasts
Habitat: Sea Caves
Disturbance by Humans/Tourism
Is particularly sensitive to human disturbance.
Lost its beach habitat to human development and tourism.
Tourism brings increased beach use, boat traffic, and overfishing.
Why Are They Endangered?
Fisherman perceive the species as a pest and competitor for fish.
Human waste and trash.
Industrial and agricultural pollution flows into the Mediterranean.
Which of the following is NOT a contributing factor that caused the decline of the Mediterranean Monk Seal?
c. Climate Change
d. Human Disturbance/Tourism
open with low shrubs
A geographical habitat where you could find a Natter jack toad?
a. Deciduous forest
b. Maqui terrain
c. Vernal pool
Why Should We Care??
Scientific Name: Lynx Pardinus
Can live up to 13 years in the wild
Prefer solitary hunting
Mostly depend on rabbits for survival
Found all over Spain with a population of more than 5000 individuals recorded in 1950
Provide excellent cover since Lynx hunt alone
When they're in bigger numbers, they gather by bodies of water.
The Iberian Lynx is a keystone species
Regulates populations of other species
Would be the first cat to go extinct in over 2000 years
Captive breeding program
Lobbying for habitat protection
Habitat loss and Degradation
Account for 5% loss
Hunted for its fur
80% loss since 1950 due to
Favorite meal loss due to disease
Loss of natural Habitats
True or false: Some animal species are threatened due to isolation.
There are many different types of endangered animals, spread throughout Europe.
Many geographical factors contribute to the success of European wildlife species.
Continual geographic changes and other negative influences are threatening their survival.
Conservation and protective measures will determine outcomes.
The pipistrelle are endangered due to isolation. These animals are restricted to islands. As Tenerife and Madeira undergo changes to better the community, it threatens the wildlifes habitats.
Island species are especially vulnerable to extinction because they have a small geographic range. They are limited to the island or a particular part of the island, and they usually have low population numbers. These factors make them more likely to become extinct as a result of natural factors such as disease, fire, and normal population fluctuations.
What is the primary meal of the Iberian Lynx?
Protected by law
-Urban sprawl, Ag, tourism, etc.