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Our environment works like a food chain. Let’s say, on an island, there are wolves (carnivores; meat-eaters; predators) and rabbits (herbivores; plant-eaters; prey) and plants. The plants need water and sunlight to grow, the rabbits eat the plants, and the wolves survive on the rabbits. If we took away the wolves, then the Rabbits would over populate, and the plants would quickly die out, leaving the Rabbits to starve to death.

When we say that an animal is endangered, it means that the animal is in danger of extinction. There are certain animals that cannot live in a habitat other then their natural one. For example, the spotted owl can only live in very old, temperate forests with large trees. As those trees get cleared away each day to make way for new buildings and housing developments, the spotted owls will find it hard to survive.

If these displaced animals are unable to adapt to new habitats, they will become extinct which will greatly harm the environment. Examples of two endangered animals are the Madagascar Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus Vociferoides) and the Florida Panther – both critically endangered.

In a true example that everything is connected, the lack of rice in recent times has encouraged the creation of more rice-paddy fields. In Madagascar, the development of wetland areas for rice-paddies has disrupted the breeding areas of the Madagascar Fish Eagle, in addition to eroding the soil and contributing to deforestation.

The Madagascar Fish Eagle

The Madagascar Fish Eagle

The Madagascar Fish Eagle, true to its name, feeds mainly on fish. But despite the fact that it is a predator to fish, it is actually also itself a prey. In fact, it is one of the rarest preys, and the largest raptor in Madagascar. A raptor is a bird of prey, a type of bird often characterized by a hooked beak, sharp talons, and keen eyesight.. The Madagascar Fish Eagle breeds from May to October. But its breeding rate is just 0.15% per territory, which explains its rareness.

The status of population of this bird in 1995 comprises at least 222 individuals (adults and juveniles) and includes 63 known breeding pairs.

When I was doing research on the Madagascar Fish Eagle, I found a website with many facts about this bird. The first one was easy enough to understand: Kingdom: Animalia. But the rest… Chordata, Aves, Falconiformes?! I guess bird watchers/lovers have a language of their own.

But from what I could see, there didn’t seem to be a similar vocabulary for mammals, such as the Florida Panther (Felis Concolor Coryi),

It is breeding season for the Florida Panther from December to February. This panther is losing its habitat and is critically endangered because of human development, population growth, collision with vehicles, parasites, feline distemper, feline alicivirus (an upper respiratory infection), and other diseases.

It is a pretty well known endangered animal. I say well known, because the Mayor of Florida has declared March 15th as “Save the Panther” day. That’s pretty well known. At least, for the Floridians. I didn’t know about that until I googled “Florida Panther”.

The Florida Panther

The Florida Panther

Declaring on March 8th, 2008 in his Proclaimation, “…it is proper and fitting for all Floridians to pause and reflect on the plight of the Florida panther and the task of preserving this rare component of Florida’s diverse natural resources as a legacy to generations of Floridians yet to come…”

There is even a specialty Florida Panther license plate! And a few entire websites devoted to the Florida Panther made by the Floridians that are full of information on the Florida Panther, its natural habitat, and loads more.

Notice I said a few websites? Yes, whereas, the Madagascar Fish Eagle, has websites containing information on it, yes, but no full websites on just the Madagascar Fish Eagle.

Which, I find interesting. Perhaps the Madagascarians don’t have internet access, or they are simply not aware. I don’t know. Because here you have two critically endangered animals, but one of them so much more known because it’s from one of the most advanced countries in the world.

Which is why, I am asking you to spread awareness to others, because you too, can help save the Florida Panther, the Madagascar Fish Eagle and other endangered animals, and bit by bit, save the world.

May 2020


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