Animal species on land

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Terrestrial Animals

There are many terrestrial species living on landmasses and islands. Of all animals, these live in the most direct contact with humans. Many adapted to this human interaction very well, and live in close coexistence with people.

Rhino without hornsOn the other hand there are lots of animals who are threatened by humans. Either because humans hunt or poach them for profit, or because expanding human urbanisation and agriculture alters or destroys their natural biotopes.




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Apes are threatened by often illegal pet trade and a disappearing habitat.
A major threat bears have to face is habitat destruction.
Felines still fall victim to hunters, poachers and traders in exotic pets.
Ivory trade and poaching is another serious problem for elephants, rhinos and other animals.