Thursday, January 20, 2011

Facts about Animals

Animals have always been an integral part of our lives. We have been sharing the same world with them over the centuries. Facts about animals have always fascinated every one of us. Though we are dependent on animals in one way or another, still some people are poaching them for their greed. Forests are also disappearing at an alarming rate. Many animals are either extinct or on the verge of becoming extinct.

Many animals need to be taken proper care of, if we want them to be alive for the future years. Following facts about animals should be read with proper sense of care and responsibility before it’s too late:

Gorilla – Gorilla of west central African rainforests of Zaire and Rwanda are losing their habitat due to disappearance of forests and also being hunted for meat. The Ebola virus has already done a great damage to the Gorilla population.

Jaguar – Jaguar is the fastest beasts of prey among the cat family. This magnificent animal is also on the endangered list.

Bengal Tiger – In year 2010, the population of Bengal tiger estimates at approximately 1,411 in India, 200 in Bangladesh, 155 in Nepal and 67–81 in Bhutan. In 1900, there were almost 5000 Bengal tigers alive and now we have only 1400 odd tigers. These numbers prove that there is a great need to protect these animals.

Orangutan – Orangutan are the cute creatures with mops of orange hairs upon them. They are also on the endangered list. Loss of habitat and poaching has resulted in the decline of their numbers.

Extinct animals are those animals that used to live in the past but now they don’t exist. Here are some extinct animal facts:

Tyrannosaurus Rex - Tyrannosaurus Rex went extinct about 65 million years ago. It was believed to be one of the largest animals. It was up to 43.3 feet in length, height was 16.6 feet and it weighed approximately 7 tons.

Quagga - Quagga was half-zebra-half-horse animal species, which got extinct in the year 1883. This is was one of the most famous animals of Africa and the last of the Quaggas died at the Artis Magistra Zoo, Amsterdam on 12th August 12, 1883.

Steller's Sea Cow - Steller's Sea Cow went into extinction in 1768. This creature’s habitat was on the Asiatic coast of the Bering Sea. This animal was large weighing up to three tons. It almost resembled a seal and had two forelimbs that were stout, and had a whale-like tail too.

Irish Deer - Irish dear is believed to be the largest deer to have ever existed. It went into extinction approximately 7,700 years ago. It was a native animal of Eurasia which covers Ireland to east of Lake Baikal.

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