Endemic Animals of the Philippines
There are many endemic animals of the Philippines. Many of these animals are only found in that country. Endemic means that these animals are native to a country. They are not found anywhere else in the world.
There are over 7,000 island in the Philippines. This produces many unique ecosystems on land and in the sea. Organisms evolve in different ways within these varied ecosystems. The result are unique organisms that are rare and found nowhere else in the world.
Because so many animals are rare, the endemic animals are vulnerable to extinction. Species that are in danger of becoming extinct are considered endangered. The Philippines has a number of endangered mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
The unique ecosystems of the Philippines have resulted in many unique animals. However, these animals are often rare and more likely to become endangered.
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