Animals' popularity 'a disadvantage'

Credit: PixabayMost people see about 4–5 lions each day — as toys, on television, in logos. The same is true for giraffes, elephants, and many other animals. Paradoxically, these same seemingly omnipresent animals are also at high risk of extinction in the wild. The animals' popularity may even be contributing to their downfall, suggests new research that finds media representations of charismatic species deceive us about their survival in the wild to the point that we are ignoring their actual, dire predicament. The study is published in the journal PLOS Biology. "Charismatic is a term that is increasingly used in conservation biology, mostly because flagship species — those used to attract interest of the public for funding or information campaigns — have to have some appeal," Franck Courchamp, lead author of the study, told Seeker. "In particular, it is regularly claimed that charismatic species get all the attention, support, and resources in conservation, to the detriment of the less

Animals' popularity 'a disadvantage'

A new study shows that some species may become victims of their own prestige.

Fri 13 Apr 18 from BBC News

Top ten most popular animals still endangered, study finds

Charismatic animals such as tigers and elephants are endangered and their popularity itself may be making the situation worse. Tanya Loos reports.

Thu 12 Apr 18 from Cosmos Magazine

“Virtual” animals far outnumber the actual animals in the wild, fooling us into think that they are abundant

How many virtual animals do you see each day?

Thu 12 Apr 18 from ZME Science

Claim: Cute Animal Toys Lull Our Awareness of Endangered Species

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to the Guardian, cute endangered animal toys trick our minds into thinking the animals represented by the toys are all around us. Using cute animals in ...

Sat 14 Apr 18 from Watts Up With That?

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