I wonder...

By: Simona Brezeanu

My ''I wonder...'' question is:

What is the most endangered animal species that we know of in the world?

Why do I wonder this?

I wonder this because in the future, I would like to be a scientist, an animal doctor, or someone who would help endangered animals if possible.

I also wonder this because once I asked someone the question ­''What is the most endangered animal in the world?'', and they answered to me that is was the panda. So did more people say when I asked. Other people told me that is was the tiger, bees, elephants or even the orangutan.

Actually, it is a type of bird that not many people know of. So I might want to be an "ornithologist*" in the future.

("*Ornithologist: someone who study's birds")

A quick question!!

Well, why don't I ask the class a question before I continue.

Which animal species do you think is the most endangered animal species in the world?

I will ask three people to guess. If you already know the answer, please do not raise your hand.

Thank you!!

Which animal is the most endangered animal species in the world?

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The most endangered animal species in the world that we know of is the Ivory-billed woodpecker. It was considered as extinct for 84 years, from 1920 to 2004. In 2004, the Ivory-billed woodpecker was rediscovered in the big woods of Arkansas. It was listed as possibly extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Now, it is the largest woodpecker in the world.

What are the characteristics of the Ivory-billed woodpecker?

The Ivory-billed woodpecker is shiny blue and black. It has white markings on the neck and the back. The Ivory-billed woodpecker has white under-wings. The sound it makes is like a "kent-kent-kent" sound. The difference in between males and females is that males have red crests when the females have black crests. The Ivory-billed woodpecker has a strong and straight bill, and a uniquely shaped bill because of it's flat tip. It's bill is a ivory-white color. That is exactly why the Ivory-billed woodpecker has that name (since "words are words for a reason"). "The Ivory-billed woodpecker can live up to 30 years."

Where does it live now?

After the Civil War, the Ivory-billed woodpeckers had to move from their natural habitats in Texas and Illinois, to North Carolina, Florida and Cuba. Their environmental habitats are hardwood swamps and pine forests.

In my opinion, I think that the Ivory-billed woodpecker's population shrank during the time of the Civil War is because during a war, they fire guns, and the birds have to fly. So maybe when the Ivory-billed woodpeckers were flying, they got shot. So not many of them survived the trip.

What does the Ivory-billed woodpecker eat and how?

The Ivory-billed woodpecker eats seeds, fruit, insects, and sometimes beetles. It finds food by useing it's enormous bill to peel the bark off of trees. The beetles hide under the bark. So, the Ivory-billed woodpecker can find the beetles under the bark.


I have a few questions for the class:

1. For up to how many years can the Ivory-billed woodpecker live?

  • 10 years
  • 21 years
  • 30 years
  • 40 years

2. How do Ivory-billed woodpeckers find food and where?

3. What is the difference in between a male Ivory-billed woodpecker and a female Ivory-billed woodpecker?

Revue of difficult words:


someone who study's birds"


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