Endangered Species

By: Sergio De La Torre

What are endangered species

A plant or animal species existing in such small numbers that it is in danger of becoming extinct, especially such a species placed in jeopardy as a result of human activity. One of the principal factors in the endangerment or extinction of a species is the destruction or pollution of its native habitat. Other factors include over hunting, intentional extermination, and the accidental or intentional introduction of alien species that out compete the native species for environmental resources.

Red Fox

Red foxes have been recorded in habitats as diverse as tundra, desert and forest. Natural habitat is dry, mixed landscape, with scrub and woodland. Red foxes are solitary hunters who feed on rodents, rabbits, birds, and other small game. They will also eat fruit and vegetables, fish, frogs, and even worms. They face threats due to habitat degradation, loss, and fragmentation, and exploitation. Like a cat's, the fox's thick tail aids its balance, but it has other uses as well. A fox uses its tail (or "brush") as a warm cover in cold weather and as a signal flag to communicate with other foxes.