Did you know that 99% of the species that have ever inhabited our planet are extinct? This loss of species is primarily due to changes on Earth. As our planet changed, species had to change with it. Those organisms that could not adapt to those changes became extinct.
Presently, there are many animal species on their way to extinction due to natural events or human actions. These species are endangered or at risk for extinction. For this assessment, you will pick one endangered species from each class of animal vertebrates and research its physical characteristics, behaviors, reproduction, common ecosystems, and reason for endangerment. You will place this research into the chart provided, along with a picture of each of your organisms.
Make sure you include the following in your chart:
1. A picture of your chosen organism from each vertebrate class, which includes fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals
. Please include website reference for every picture you place in your chart. Make sure to use reliable Internet sources that are science-based and created by educational institutions.
2. A description of your animals? reproductive process and the reason they are currently endangered.
3. A list of five physical characteristics and two behaviors for the animals you have chosen. Make sure to include the way they regulate their body temperature as one of the physical characteristics.
4. List the common ecosystems or geographical area of your animals.
Animal name Mammal
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)
Website Reference for Picture Ablestock.com/Thinkstock.com
Physical Traits (1) Mammal
, (2) warm-blooded, (3) carnivore, (4) water-repellant fur coat, (5) thick layer of fat
Animal Behaviors (1) Bears will stay near ice packs where food is plentiful, (2) polar bears feed mainly on seals
Reproductive Process Sexual reproduction: Bears breed march through June. Male bears will follow the scent of a female along the ice and stay with her for up to a week after breeding.
Common Ecosystems Alaskan North Slope Coastal Tundra, Canadian Low Arctic Tundra, Taimyr and Siberian Coastal Tundra
Reason for Endangerment They are not officially on the endangered species list but are considered at risk due to the rapid decline of their habitat in recent years.
Endangered Species Chart
Animal name fish amphibian reptile bird mammal
The chart includes the accurate vertebrate classes, pictures, and references for each species. Breadth Includes all accurate vertebrate classes, pictures, and references for each species.
The chart includes an accurate description of all your animals reproductive processes and the reason they are currently endangered.
Depth Includes an accurate description of all of your animals? reproductive processes and the reason they are currently endangered. Includes an accurate description of four of the five animals? reproductive processes and the reason they are currently endangered.
The chart includes a list of common ecosystems, five physical traits, and two behaviors for each animal.
Understanding Includes a list of common ecosystems, physical traits, and behaviors for all animals Includes a list of common ecosystems, physical traits, and behaviors for four of the five animals.
The presentation is concise and organized. Clarity The finished product is extremely clear and organized.
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