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Australian researchers have identified more than 60 animal species likely to disappear within 20 years.

In a study published on Tuesday, a team from Charles Darwin University (CDU) identified 63 vertebrates they believe are most likely to become extinct by 2041, Xinhua news agency reported.

However, they found that even limited conservation efforts could save at least 47 species, including 21 fish, 12 birds, six mammals, four frogs and four reptiles.

“We know who they are, where they are, what threatens them, and have a good idea of ​​how to save them. It just takes commitment,” explained conservation biologist and co-author Stephen Garnett. study, at the Australian Associated. Hurry.

About half of the habitat for the 47 species is in existing nature reserves, meaning that small, targeted conservation efforts would be possible and relatively inexpensive.

Other species like the King Island brown-bill and the swift parrot, on the other hand, would require further habitat protection measures. In a 2018 study, the Thornbill was named the Australian bird most likely to become extinct over the next 20 years.

According to the researchers, five reptiles, four birds, four frogs, two mammals and a fish that have not been seen for a long time will be the most difficult to keep.

“Those are the biggest worry,” Garnett said. “If you can’t find something, you can’t help it. But we have to make sure they’re really gone before we give up.”

Four other species have been deemed extinct, including a frog, fish, lizard, and shrew.

A separate study published on Monday by the CDU, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Conservation International also concluded that 21% of reptile species worldwide are endangered.


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