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Biodiversity 101: Are Earth’s wild megafauna doomed?

Pop quiz: How many species of big, land-dwelling animals are there in the world? Count all the different kinds of big cats, bears, wolves, wild dogs and other carnivores weighing at least 15 kilos. Add large herbivores--- 100 kilos or more--- such as bison, zebra and deer, along with rhinos, elephants, large apes, giraffes, hippos, wild pigs, tapirs... What s the final tally? The answer, based on this widely used definition of terrestrial megafauna, is 101. That modest number is sure to shrink to doub

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