- from Conservation
Habitat is where a plant or animal lives.
Your habitat is probably a house or an apartment. Trees, plants, rocks, soil, and water are habitats for many other animals. When we clear away trees and other plants to make room for people, animals and plants lose their habitats. Building cities, homes, roads, and highways all cause habitat loss. So does clear-cutting forests to sell the lumber or farm the land. Loss of habitat is made worse by drought and other effects of climate change. When plants and animals lose their habitats, they may become endangered. They may even become extinct. We say that a plant or animal is endangered if there are very few of them left. If all of them die, we say it has become extinct.