Protected areas worldwide under threat by ‘invasive aliens’, study says

Vast majority have non-native animals living less than 10km away, scientists claim

Zoe Tidman
Monday 08 June 2020 20:10
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Invasive animal species - such as the American mink - are a threat to protected areas, researchers have said
Invasive animal species - such as the American mink - are a threat to protected areas, researchers have said

Most of the world’s protected areas are under threat from invasion from “alien species”, according to new research.

The vast majority of places looked at in the study had “aliens” – non-native animals – well-suited to its environment living less than 10km away.

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Science and University College London (UCL) found nearly all of the world's protected areas – which includes national parks, natural monuments and nature reserves – had an invasive species living under 100km away.

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