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     Animals play an important role in our world. People all around the world depend on animals for everything from food to companionship. They are a vital piece of the balance of nature. Green Kids help protect and preserve the habitats of all animals.

Bald Eagle  

The Bald Eagle lives near water to hunt for its favorite food- fish. They are found from Alaska down to Mexico.

The bald eagle is the national bird of the United States. The number of bald eagles drastically decreased due to pesticide use, habitat loss and hunting and it was placed on the endangered species list in the late 1960s. After measures were taken to protect the bald eagle and other similar species, their numbers rebounded and they were delisted in 2007.

Bald eagles can fly up to speeds of 70 mph and dive up to 99 mph.

 

 Rhino

 

There are 5 species of rhinos in the world today, and all are endangered or threatened in some way. Three species are found in Asia and two are located in Africa.  Thousands of years ago, rhinos were found in North America and Europe.

The black rhino and the white rhino live in Africa. The black rhino is critically endangered. The white rhino is the most abundant of the rhino species, but is still threatened.

Rhinos can live in the wild for 30-35 years. They are herbivorous (plant eaters) and are some of the largest land mammals. People believe the horns have healing properties and eat the ground up horns.

Rhinos are endangered mostly because of poaching for their horns. Their horns are made from keratin- the same protein our hair and fingernails.

 

Bengal Tiger

Bengal Tiger Facts:

The Bengal tiger is also called the Indian tiger. They prefer grasslands, mangrove forests, dry and wet deciduous forests and temperate forests.  
They live alone in large territories and hunt for food at night.
Their strips are like fingerprints- no two are alike and can help identify each individual tiger.
Tigers live to be 10-15 years old in the wild.  Their roars can be heard up to 2 miles away!
Tigers are endangered due to poaching and forest destruction.  They are hunted for their fur and body parts used in Asian medicine.
There are more tigers in captivity than there are in the wild.