Wildlife - High School

Wildlife cannot be separated from the environment that supports it. The living and non-living portions of the environment help to define an organism’s niche and determine the species and numbers of each that can survive in a given ecosystem. Thus, wildlife cannot be studied without studying its habitat. To maintain wildlife populations, the habitat must be preserved. “All things are connected.”

Usually, the vertebrate animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals), are the organisms that are thought of as wildlife; but in fact, wildlife is all non-domesticated plant and animal species. More attention will be given to the vertebrate animals, but the plants and other organisms, on which they depend and with which they interact, will be examined also.

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