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Killer Whales: Killer whales are the largest member of the dolphin family. They can live 30 to 50 years in the wild. They eat fish, birds, squid and marine animals. They are endangered because of pollution and chemicals. The pollution leads to diseases and reproduction problems. Photo courtesy of Robert L. Pitman

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Polar Bears: Polar bears are one of the largest predators in the world. Their diet primarily consists of ringed and bearded seals. Their fur is thicker than any other bear. They are endangered because loss of sea ice which affects their hunting. They are also threatened because of illegal poaching.

Rhinos: White rhinos live on Africa’s grassy plains. They reproduce roughly every two and a half to five years. Their single calf will not live on its own until they are about three years old. They are endangered primarily because of habitat loss and poaching. Unfortunately, they are being killed for their horns for medicinal purposes in some Asian countries. Photo by Richard A. Muller

Giant Pandas: Giant pandas are solitary animals. They don’t hibernate. They spend most of their day eating. They are endangered because of habitat loss from humans competing with them for resources. They are also illegally poached.

Penguins: Penguins eat krill, fish and squid. They spend approximately 75% of their life in water. The males keep their offspring warm for roughly 65 days while the females search for food. They are endangered because their habitat is changing. Other reasons for endangerment include oil spills, pesticides, construction and competition with humans. Illegal egg harvesting is also leading to further threats for the penguins.


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