Florida's Endangered Species

There are various different reasons why a species may face extinction: from hunting, to car accidents and human encroachment animals face these problems everyday. The U.S. state of Florida is home to a number of endangered species, which are protected by law so they do not go extinct. The popular and lovable Manatee is one of these species, and is the State Marine Mammal. The Florida Panther is another, and is a member of the cougar family. Florida is also famous for its alligators, which remain a protected species in the region. In this video, WatchMojo.com explores the fauna of the U.S. state of Florida, and learns which species found here are endangered.
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Endangered Species


From habitat loss, to hunting to car accidents, there are a number of reasons an animal species may become extinct. Many of the most popular animals in the US state of Florida are considered endangered.

Manatees


The manatee is one such example. These marine mammals are also known as sea cows, and generally live in shallow waters like rivers, springs and shallow waters off the coast. A manatee spends half its day sleeping in the water, while the rest of the time they are grazing near the surface. The type of manatee that resides in Florida has a lifespan of up to 60 years. Manatees are an endangered species, and their numbers are threatened by such issues as loss of habitat and being hit by passing boats. They are protected by the Florida government, and since 1975 have been the State Marine Mammal.

Florida Panther


Another popular animal and symbol of the state is the Florida Panther. This animal is a subspecies of the cougar, and has been the Florida State Animal since 1982. Living in the swamps and forests of South Florida, they are another endangered species, with only about eighty to one hundred remaining. They are mainly threatened by humans, and large alligators.

American Alligator


The American Alligator is another symbolic member of Floridian fauna, and resides only in the southeastern section of the United States. Inhabiting America’s wetlands, in Florida they call the Everglades home. Today, there are approximately one to one-and-a-half million living in the Sunshine State and because of this they were removed from the endangered species list in 1987 though they remain a protected species.

Key Deer


Living only in the Florida Keys, the Key Deer has a population of roughly three hundred to eight hundred. While hunting these animals was banned in 1939, it wasn’t until the 1950s when they were almost extinct that they were labeled endangered. The main threat to their survival is road kills by passing motorists.

Roseate Spoonbill


The Roseate Spoonbill is a wading bird that lives in South and Central America and along the Gulf Coast. It was once hunted for its remarkable tufts of pink feathers, and today it is habitat loss that threatens the species’ survival.
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