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Habitat

Wildlife makes its homes in back yards, large tracts of wooded land, marshes, swamps and even the desert. There are five requirements to good habitat. If all requirements are met, you will find wildlife:

Food

Food - Deer

All animals need to eat. If grasses, nuts, berries, seeds, bugs and browse are available, animals will come to eat.

Water

Water for animals

Though some animals can go a long time without water, all animals need water at one time or another in order to survive.

Cover

cover - rabbit

Animals, just like people, need cover. This protects them from weather extremes and helps them hide from predators and care for their young. For some, adequate cover could just be a large tuft of grass, a fallen tree, a cave or a brushy area.

Space

Space

Wild animals are not used to being confined to a single area, and most cannot cope with that kind of situation. Animals need adequate space to run around and interact with each other in their natural environment.

Arrangement

Land Arrangement

Animals need the food, water, cover and space arranged in such a way that it is conducive for them to stay in that area. However, adequate habitat arrangement is different for all species. This is why you will find concentrations of wildlife in different environments.

 
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