All animals have their ideal habitat. Some animals live in hot areas of the earth and other animals live in cold areas. But definitely many animals cannot survive in extreme heat.
Many types of animals tend to live in certain seasons of the year due to temperature and abundance of food. And if seasonal changes affect their ideal living temperature and abundance of food, animals tend to migrate where the conditions are met. There are other animals that simply sleep when conditions are not ideal, which is called hibernation.
Since global warming is currently on going, temperature has been constantly increasing over the years, does this mean the death or extinction of some animals? Or even death of humans?
Animals tend to adapt when changes are not drastic. Globalwarming has been ongoing at a slow steady rate and in the past, there were periods where the global temperature was way higher than it is today, during the Medieval Warm Period and the Holocene Maximum. If history tells us that there were extremely hot periods in the past and many animals are still alive today, like polar bears and penguins that live in very cold environments are still alive today, then then should be able to live in the current global warming conditions of today and possible in the future.
Although deaths may occur, even some humans die of heat strokes, people and animals die in the deserts without shelter and there is a cooler dwelling place to live in. Loss of migratory areas due to non-ideal living conditions. But since global warming occurs at a slow rate, animals, plants and humans may be able to make appropriate precautions before it becomes deadly just like in the past.
Photo Credits: Polar bear shot by Samantha Ji and Penguin shot by Neil Smith.