Dear Amy: How many animals are endangered in Africa? — Kaitlynn, Olathe, Kan.
Dear Kaitlynn: The African continent is home to many endangered species. Many people know that cheetahs and African elephants are vulnerable, but there are thousands more species of animals that also need protection. Using the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species, iucnredlist.org, I was able to search for a list of endangered animals in Africa using Other Search Options, which allows you to search by location, taxonomy, habitat and more. I found out that there are more than 2,500 species of animals native to Africa that are listed as Vulnerable, Endangered, Critically Endangered or Extinct in the Wild.
Dear Amy: My 8-year-old grandson wants to learn map reading and compass usage. — Mort, Arnold, Md.
Dear Mort: A great place to learn map skills is MapZone’s MapAbility, mapzone.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone/PagesHomeworkHelp/mapability/. This site covers everything from map symbols to compass bearings. After learning the basics, maybe you can explore your city or a local nature center together using a map and compass. Have fun!
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