May 20, 2024, 11:06 AM IST

7 animals who struggle to survive in extreme conditions

Ritik Raj

Bactrian camels: Face resource competition from livestock, habitat degradation, and a lack of water in the harsh deserts of China and Mongolia.

Saiga Antelopes: Originally from the steppes of Central Asia, saiga antelopes are threatened by diseases, habitat loss, and horn poaching.

African Elephants: are threatened by habitat loss brought on by agricultural expansion and ivory poaching in sub-Saharan Africa.

Snow Leopards: Located in Central and South Asian mountain ranges, snow leopards are threatened by poaching, habitat fragmentation, and climate change, which affects the availability of their prey.

Polar Bears: As a result of climate change, sea ice is melting more quickly, making it harder for polar bears to live in the Arctic and hunt seals, which is their primary food source.

Pikas: Tiny mammals that are extremely sensitive to temperature changes, found in cold mountainous areas. They are compelled by climate change to migrate to higher elevations where there are fewer suitable habitats.

Emperor Penguins: The thinning of the sea ice in Antarctica affects the areas where they breed and feed, which is essential to their survival.