The impacts of city #biodiversity on #wildlife, like these adorable kit foxes.

The impacts of city #biodiversity on #wildlife, like these adorable kit foxes.

Mention the word biodiversity to a city dweller and images of remote natural beauty will probably come to mind — not an empty car park around the corner. Wildlife, we think, should be found in wild places, or confined to sanctuaries and national parks. But research shows that cities can in fact support biodiversity and this can have major implications for conservation efforts. A pair of lesser flamingos in Mumbai’s busy port area. Photo: Madhusudan Katti On a crowded planet, protecting species in their natural habitat is proving increasingly difficult. Humans continue to expand their networks of cities, towns and farms worldwide. By 2030, cities are expected to occupy three times as much land as they did in 2010. Remaining natural habitats are now often a fragment caught in this global web of cities connected by transportation networks. With the number of species going ext...

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