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Habitat Glossary

B

biome
a complex community of plants and animals
biosphere
the part of the earth that supports life

C

community
a group of plants and/or animals living in the same area
critical habitat
a habitat that is critical for the existence of an endangered species

D

defend
to guard from an attack

E

ecosystem
animals reacting with the plants in their community
endangered species
an animal at risk of extinction
extinction
the complete disappearance of a type of organism

H

habitat
a special place where a plant or animal lives

I

interact
when one thing acts upon another

L

living
an organism that consumes food, air, and grows

N

niche
a job that an organism holds in a community
non-living
something that does not consume food or air and does not grow

O

organism
a form of life

P

population
the total of living organisms in a given area
protection
to keep from harm

R

resources
the supply of things needed to survive
roam
to wander

S

shelter
a protection to the body of an organism
species
a group of creatures related in some way
survive
to continue to live

T

territory
the area where an animal moves around

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