LOS ANGELES (FOX 11) - The National Wildlife Federation is a nonprofit conservation organization that works to protect our country's precious wildlife.
Wildlife expert David Mizejewski joined us on Good Day LA with species that have been saved from the brink of distinction to some animals you might see in your own backyard!
• Often called buffalo, bison are actually not closely related to the true buffalo species of Africa and Asia.
• American bison are the only wild cattle species native to North America were once the most widespread herbivore species on the continent
• There were once 30-60 million bison but hunting and habitat loss decimated population
• By the early 1900s only around 100 wild bison remained.
• Today there are roughly 31,000 wild bison in North America (20,000 plains bison and 11,000 wood bison).
• NWF is working with Tribal Partners to reintroduce bison to their historical habitat on America’s grasslands. Read more here.
• Marsupial – after birth babies grow inside mother’s pouch (like a kangaroo or koala)
• Only marsupial in North America
• Often mistaken for rodents but they’re not
• One opossum can eat 5,000 ticks in a summer
• Also feed on rodents and snakes, including venomous ones
• Don’t get rabies
• Really cool “backyard wildlife”
• Largest reptile in North America
• Lives in freshwater wetlands from Carolinas south throughout Florida and west to Texas
• Feeds on tiny insects, fish and frogs when little, and when full grown feeds on fish, turtles, birds and mammals
• Has bite force of over 2,000 lbs of pressure
• Endangered species success story – once almost wiped out by humans but was delisted in 1987 and is thriving
• Wild horse species found in Africa
• Three species: mountain zebra, plains zebra, Grevy’s zebra – with seven subspecies
• Live in massive herds made up of smaller family groups
• Found on Africa’s grasslands and savannahs and scrubby woodlands
• Stripes help with temperature regulation and keeping away biting flies that spread disease—both of which help zebras survive
Read more at www.nwf.org.