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The Loss of Domestic Animals: A World Problem



The Loss of Domestic Animals: A World Problem
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 9 to 12
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   9.09

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     challenging words:    over-reliance, alarming, interdependent, realm, diversity, canker, better, relatively, vulnerable, heirloom, domestic, financial, biodiversity, hearing, replacement, addition
     content words:    Royal Palm Turkey, New England, United States


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The Loss of Domestic Animals: A World Problem
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Caption: The Royal Palm Turkey, once common on New England farms, is now critically endangered because other varieties of turkeys grow larger and produce more meat.
 
2     You've probably heard about animals that have become extinct. Certainly, you've grown up hearing of the story of the dinosaurs. Perhaps you've worried about what may happen to polar bears. Have you heard anyone discussing vanishing farm animals? Deanna hadn't until she read about the issue in her biology textbook. That's probably something you haven't heard too much about either, but it's becoming a major concern in the scientific realm.
 
3     In the course of the last one hundred years, one thousand breeds of domestic, or farm, animals have become extinct, or lost forever on Earth. Another one-third is at risk of extinction.
 
4     What classifies an animal as a domestic animal? Deanna could name many of the categories just by thinking of farm animals. These animals include cows, pigs, rabbits, goats, and so on.

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Extended Activities:

1.  Research one breed of an extinct animal.

2.  What are some behavioral or structural adaptations of animals?

3.  Create a collage of farm animals.



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