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May 21, 2019

Extinction risk for 1,700 animal species to increase by 2070

The Nile lechwe is an already endangered antelope species in East Africa. A recent study predicts that under the most plausible ecological future, the Nile lechwe may lose 70% of its remaining habitat due to large-scale, human-driven land conversions such as those already underway to support agricultural exports to Asia.

Read more about this research, supported in part by the National Science Foundation (grants DEB 14-41737, DBI 12-62600 and DEB 15-58568), in the Yale University news story Due to humans, extinction risk for 1,700 animal species to increase by 2070. (Date image taken: March 2019; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: May 21, 2019)

Credit: Michael S. Helfenbein, Yale University

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