Urban species

When we think about wild animals and plants, we generally tend to imagine them in natural or countryside landscapes. However, there are many species that have adapted to urbanenvironments, bringing life to our concrete jungle. We should remember that the main reason of this is the fact that the human population grows everyday, invading the natural spaces originally occupied by a large variety of living beings, thus we must learn to treat our neighbors with respect, no matter to which species they belong.














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