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Odd-Toed Ungulates: Perissodactyla - Conservation Status

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Nine species of Perissodactyla are listed as Endangered, facing a very high risk of extinction, or Critically Endangered, facing an extremely high risk of extinction, on the 2003 IUCN Red List. All species of rhinoceroses are included on this list. Tapir populations are declining due to deforestation leading to habitat destruction. Since 1970, the rhino population has decreased by 90 percent due to hunting. Wild horses are facing extinction due to an increase in livestock farming, which forces them from their pastures and watering holes.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Books:

Kalman, Bobbie. Endangered Rhinoceros. New York: Crabtree Publishing Company, 2004.

Murray, Julie. Zebras. Edina, MN: ABDO Publishing Co., 2002.

Penny, Malcolm. Zebras: Habitats, Lifestyles, Food Chains, Threats. Milwaukee: Raintree Publishers, 2003.

Web sites:

African Wildlife Foundation. http://www.awf.org (accessed on July 9, 2004).

"Management and Protection." Horses America. http://www.horsesamerica.com/pages/management.htm (accessed on July 9, 2004).

Myers, P. "Order Perissodactyla." Animal Diversity Web. http://animal-diversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Perissodactyla.html (accessed July 9, 2004).

"Wild Horses: An American Romance, Teaching Resources Page Activities." Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). http://www.pbs.org/wildhorses/wh_teaching/wh_teaching.html (accessed on July 9, 2004).

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