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Adaptation

Adaptations are special features that plants and animals develop to suit the place where they live.

For example camels live in hot and dry climates. Look at the picture on the left to see some of their adaptations to this environment.

Adaptations that make an animal suited to one environment can make it very difficult for it to live somewhere else. Imagine a fish that is adapted to living underwater left on dry land. The gills it uses to breathe cannot work in the air and it has no lungs – it would quickly die.​​​​​​​

This is the reason why it is important to protect habitats for wildlife. If a particular environment is destroyed all the animals that live in it may also die.

Explore the PowerPoint below for some examples of adaptation.

Watch the video below to find out about the adaptations of camels, giraffes and penguins.

Follow these hyperlinks to learn more:-

  1. BBC Videos on Adaptation
  2. BBC How have different animals adapted to their habitats?
  3. Camel Adaptation Song

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