How does the environment affect animals?

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Animals adapt to their environments over thousands (or even millions) of years. When an environment changes very quickly, animals cannot adapt quickly enough. This might mean they can’t find enough habitat to live, feed, and breed.

Humans are causing most of these rapid changes to natural environments around the world. Some examples are:

Climate change - A warming world brings hotter temperatures, less rain, and more natural disasters like bushfires

Habitat destruction - Logging and land clearing for farming has destroyed the habitats of many animal species

Introduced species - When new species are introduced by humans, they prey on native wildlife who haven’t developed an adaptation to defend themselves. Introduced species also compete with native species for food