"Up to 48 bird and mammal extinctions have been prevented by
conservation efforts since a global agreement to protect biodiversity,
according to a new study.
The Iberian lynx, California condor and pygmy hog are among animals that
would have disappeared without reintroduction programmes, zoo-based
conservation and formal legal protections since 1993, research led by
scientists at Newcastle University and BirdLife International found.
The study, published in the journal Conservation Letters, estimates that
extinction rates for birds and mammals would have been three to four
times higher over that period, which was chosen because 1993 is when the
UN Convention on Biological Diversity came into force.
Since then, 15 bird and mammal species have become extinct or are
strongly suspected to have disappeared. But researchers say that between
28 and 48 bird and mammal species were saved."
Via Frederick Wilson II.
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