The threat to the world’s largest wild animals is much greater than we thought

The threat to the world’s largest wild animals is much greater than we thought

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Peter Lindsey  (Policy Coordinator, Lion Program, Panthera, University of Pretoria)

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Cheetahs have experienced severe range contractions, their numbers declining markedly in many protected areas. Shutterstock

 A group of leading conservationists has declared that an extinction crisis is facing the world’s largest wildlife. In a new report titled “Saving the World’s Terrestrial Megafauna”, they found that 59% of the world’s largest carnivores, including big cats, and 60% of the world’s largest herbivores, face dramatic population and range losses. The Conversation Africa’s Samantha Spooner spoke to one of the authors, Peter Lindsey, about the findings. Read more.