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Biomes (old from Animalia for reference only): Urban Wildlife

Urban Wildlife Biome: The Concrete Jungle’s Residents

The urban wildlife biome, aptly termed ‘the concrete jungle’s residents,’ is characterized by the wildlife adapted to live in cities and towns. Despite the extensive modification of natural habitats in these areas, many species have found ways to thrive alongside humans in the urban environment.

  1. Climate: The climate in urban wildlife biomes is influenced by the city’s geographical location but can be affected by urban heat island effects, which lead to warmer temperatures in the city compared to surrounding rural areas.
  2. Flora and Fauna: Urban areas host a diverse range of species, from birds like pigeons and sparrows to mammals such as raccoons, squirrels, and even coyotes. Many plants, including native and non-native trees, shrubs, and flowers, can also be found in urban environments.
  3. Terrain/Soil: The terrain and soil in urban areas are heavily modified by human activities. It consists of built environments, like buildings and roads, and small patches of green spaces, like parks, gardens, and remnants of natural habitats.
  4. Sub-types: Urban wildlife biomes vary greatly depending on the size and structure of the city, the presence of green spaces, and the types of wildlife that have adapted to the urban environment.
  5. Geographical Distribution: Urban wildlife biomes are found worldwide, wherever cities and towns exist.
  6. Human Impact: The impact of humans is profound in urban wildlife biomes, as cities are entirely created and managed by people. Urban development often leads to habitat loss and fragmentation, pollution, and disturbances. However, urban environments also provide unique opportunities for people to engage with wildlife and can serve as important habitats for certain species.

The urban wildlife biome, home to the concrete jungle’s residents, is a testament to nature’s adaptability in human-dominated environments. Balancing urban development with wildlife conservation presents unique challenges and opportunities for creating sustainable and biodiversity-friendly cities.

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