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August 04, 2020 - BBC

Other mammals lose out in panda conservation drive

Other mammals lose out in panda conservation drive
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Saving the giant panda is one of the big success stories of conservation. Decades of efforts to create protected habitat for the iconic mammal has pulled it back from the brink of extinction.

But, according to a new study, while many other animals in the same landscape have benefited from this conservation work, some have lost out. Leopards, snow leopards, wolves and Asian wild dogs have almost disappeared from the majority of protected areas.

Driven to near extinction by logging, poaching and disease, their loss could lead to "major shifts, even collapse, in ecosystems", said researchers in China.

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