Endangered Animals!


What do pandas, orangutans, rhinos, and gorillas
have in common? Aside from being animals that you probably
only see at the zoo, these animals are all endangered. Scientists say an animal is ‘endangered’
when there aren’t many of them living in the wild anymore. And any kind of animal can become endangered
— birds, insects, reptiles, and of course, mammals. For example, meet the amur leopard. This kind of leopard lives in a small area
in Eastern Asia. And there are only a /very few of them left
in the wild. Scientists think that, not counting the ones
in zoos, there are only about sixty amur leopards on the entire planet! So they’re definitely endangered. But how do animals become endangered? There are a few good answers to that question. But probably the common cause of animals becoming
endangered is when they lose too much of their habitat. An animal’s habitat is the place where it
lives… …that’s right Squeaks! An animal’s habitat is its home. It’s where an animal can get all of the
things that it needs to stay alive. Animals need things like… …enough food to eat…clean water to drink…air
to breathe…space to move around…and shelter. Plus, mother animals need a safe place to
lay their eggs or to have and raise their babies. So, habitats can be very different, for different
animals. One animal’s habitat might help keep it
dry and warm. For another, it might help an animal stay
cool, wet, and well-hidden from predators. An animal’s habitat might be large, or it
might be very small. But there’s one thing that all habitats
have in common. They can only support so many animals. If a habitat starts to get smaller, that means
that fewer animals can live in it. This is what happened to the amur leopard. Its habitat used to be a lot bigger. But people started to cut down trees in the
forest where the leopard lived, to use for lumber and to make space to build houses. So over time, the leopard’s habitat got
smaller and smaller. The leopards started to have a hard time finding
enough food, and enough safe spaces to raise their cubs. So after a while, there were fewer and fewer
amur leopards in the wild…until there were so few that scientists said that this kind
of leopard was endangered. Pollution can also change an animal’s habitat. Pollution is anything that makes the earth
unhealthy, like litter and trash, or the dirty smoke that comes out of cars and power plants. When pollution gets into an animal’s habitat,
it can keep an animal from having safe food to eat or water to drink. In some birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians,
pollution can prevent eggs from hatching. Pollution changed the habitat of a bird called
the brown pelican. The brown pelican lives near the ocean, where
it eats fish. And about seventy years ago, people sprayed
a chemical around to try and get rid of pesky insects like mosquitos. But the chemical polluted the water in the
brown pelican’s habitat. Some pollution ended up in the fish that the
pelicans ate, which made the birds sick, and kept many of their eggs from hatching. Soon, there were fewer pelicans. For a while, the brown pelican was endangered. But scientists and other people solved the
problem! They told other people about the problem,
and soon everyone stopped using the chemical, and the pelican’s habitat became clean again. More baby pelicans began to hatch…and, in
most places, the brown pelican is no longer endangered! This big brown bird is a great example of
what can happen when we find out that an animal is endangered. People can work together to try to clean up
an animal’s habitat if it’s polluted. Or, if an animal’s habitat is getting too
small, like the amur leopard’s forest, people can try to plant more trees to make the habitat
bigger again. Now, you may not know it, but you’re helping
endangered animals right now! One of the best things that kids can do to
help is to learn about animals that are endangered. You can also help out animals that live in
your area by taking care of their habitats. That means doing things like recycling, and
throwing garbage away instead of littering, and working with other kids and grownups to
clean up your neighborhood! Everyone deserves a clean and healthy habitat. Thanks for joining me on SciShow Kids! Do you have a question about your favorite
animal—or something else? Ask a grownup to help you to leave a comment
on this video, or to send an email to [email protected]!

100 thoughts on “Endangered Animals!”

  1. Your videos are amazing but we skip them so often because the speaking is soooooo fast, we love showing these videos to our Prek class, and get so sad because they can’t keep up (I can’t even keep up) with how fast the speaker talks. Pleaaseeee slow down just a little bit. We love these videos and would love to show them to these little minds. 😅

  2. Helo,you know that my favourite bird is the Phillapine eagle because the crown of it awsome😀 but when i read my book i notise that there endangard.When i notise that there endangard i was sad😔😔😦😭😣

  3. d
    is there aanz spice of amur lropard d
    how to make a difirence betwen a jagura and lopard
    is it to late to save the amur leopart from extink mabez we can share this extink animals bz this videp or other than maby popple will understand what thez are about to lose or some pople dont kwoe if these specie extink when i hear about this animal it was ear 2015- and
    i love animals but my members not that much
    can we stop this

  4. I translated it to Turkish. I request the translation to be seen by youtube. I took A+ from my project with this translation.

  5. Hi! Thank you so much! I have a science fair project due 9 days and I have not started and you gave me a lot of information thank you so much

  6. What happens if there’s only one animal of that species left because males don’t give birth or lay eggs and and then females can’t breed

  7. I really like this video.i watched this video during school.This was really helpful!

  8. I’m Learning endangered animals at school and my theachers think your amarancn but me no some times I speak amarcen

  9. Its helping me so much and i have a english and gardening project on endangered animals and its helping alot in doing t

  10. I have an important question, Why do scientists say a species is saved if they find only two of that species if there is one male and female, It just doesn't make sense

  11. Instead of wasting billions of money on space program , human need to do more & more research on the renewable resources of energy, on substitute of plastic,how to reduce global temperature,& carbon emission,how to clean water,how to expand Greenery,how to control population. So instead of focusing the solution of these things governments now a days are wasting billions of dollars on space program, military weapons etc etc! Human is planning to how to pollute a new planet & not thinking that how to save this planet! We all must think together on this topic🇮🇳🙏

  12. While the information is great, I wish you would slow down when talking because it is extremely hard for my students to follow along to what you are saying. I appreciate your enthusiasm but maybe make a conscious effort to slow down in future videos.

  13. .I learned so much from your videos .Thanyou these videos are soooooo super duper informative.Iam sooo glad that I am learning from you.

  14. I know how animals are endangered
    1. Trash in the ocean
    2. Pollution
    3. Hunted
    4. Habitat destroyed

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