Endangered & Extinct Species. By: Marianne Trejos & Sofia Debbiche. Science Department. D. Animals. 4. 1. Puma. Endangered. Costa. in. Rica. Puma. About the Puma:.
By: Marianne Trejos & Sofia Debbiche
About the Puma:
Where pumas are eliminated, populations of prey animals (such as deer) get too big for the land to accommodate. As prey numbers increase, vegetation is soon overgrazed. As adequate food supplies diminish, deer and other prey animals starve at massive levels. At the human level, animals that were once eaten by pumas and other predators destroy crops. If the world were to lose the puma it would have impacts all over the world.
- To create land reserves for them to live on.
- Create laws for the prevention of hunting
in Costa Rica
About Geoffroy’s Spider Monkey
Threats: They are hunted by humans, habitat loss, and are captured for trade. They also have slow reproductive systems.
Measures to protect it:
- create nature reserves
- reestablish habitat
Approximate Population: There is no exact number, but the population decreases each year.
About Snow Leopard
Threats: the illegal trading and revenge killing by livestock owners. They are traded for their pelts, bones and body parts. Lately there has been an increase in leopard bones as a substitute for tiger bones in traditional Chinese medicine as illegal trade of tiger parts has been more strictly enforced. There is also loss of habitat, and a decrease un food supply.
Measures to protect:
To refuse to buy any product derived from Snow Leopards
To encourage others not to buy traditional Chinese medicine made from Snow Leopard bones or other body parts
To donate money to organizations helping snow leopard
Approximate population: there are approximately from 4,00 to 7,000 snow leopards in the wild, and 600-700 in zoos
About Baiji Dolphin
Reasons for Extinction: The decline in the Baiji dolphin population is attributed to a variety of factors including overfishing, boat traffic, habitat loss, pollution and poaching. Deemed "the goddess of the river," the dolphin's skin was highly valuable and used to make gloves and handbags.