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Up to 48 species saved from extinction by conservation efforts, study finds

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Extinction rates for birds and mammals since 1993 would have been ‘three to four times higher’ without action

Up to 48 bird and mammal extinctions have been prevented by conservation efforts since a global agreement to protect biodiversity, according to a new study.

The Iberian lynx, California condor and pygmy hog are among animals that would have disappeared without reintroduction programmes, zoo-based conservation and formal legal protections since 1993, research led by scientists at Newcastle University and BirdLife International found.

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