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Did you know there are over 1,300 endangered or threatened species in America today, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)?
The loss of even just one species can have serious consequences on its ecosystem.
The disappearance of one plant species, for instance, can affect an entire food chain, starting with insects that feed on the plant. From there, it affects the birds and frogs that eat the insects, and ending with larger animals like snakes, hawks, and foxes that prey on the birds and frogs.
This summer at LSC Science Camp, in our “Endangered Zone” course, campers will become biodiversity advocates by learning about threatened or endangered species, as well as species that are forever extinct such as dinosaurs, dodos, and woolly mammoths.
Campers will also learn about LSC’s own endangered species, such as our cotton-top tamarin monkeys. The tamarins are ranked by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as a critically endangered species. It is estimated that fewer than 6,000 individuals remain in the wild, and some estimates are as low as 1,000.
Another one of LSC’s endangered species, more local to us in New Jersey, is the corn snake. This snake is listed as an endangered species in the Garden State, due to severe habitat loss and illegal collecting for the pet trade.
The “Endangered Zone” course is open to students entering grades 4 and 5.