Red kangaroo numbers plummeting hunter-gatherer and population trends are predicted by a controversial new study.
New research by researchers from Imperial College London has found there are fewer kangaroo in the wild.
The findings, published in the journal Scientific Reports, show the last time kangaroos were as common in the wild was 1.8 million years ago.
In the wild, there are around 6,000 kangaroos, but that number was reduced to under 1,000 because of logging on Tasmania’s eastern coast.
Kangaroos were hunted to extinction. Image: AFP / Getty Images
The research team, led by Dr Rhea Molyneux, Professor of Zoology at Imperial and a founding director of the Zoo in Darwin, included experts from the United Kingdom and other countries to study the relationship between populations of Australia’s northern black-browed kangaroo and their habitat.
„The question is: does kangaroo habitat decline under human occupation, or is there a natural link between this? We now have a simple answer: there is,“ said Professor Molyneux.
According to the researchers, the natural decline of the kangaroo population reflects t성남출장샵he human-dominated impact of logging and roadbuilding on this remote desert setting.
The researchers’ findings mean the kangaroo population has not declined as much as originally thought and is likely to remain stable, at around 300.
More kangaroos living outside of로투스 홀짝 forest would have seen populations return, they say.
This would have affected kangaroos’ social structures, and increased pressure to migrate and make new territories.
„The long-term impact of population decline on kangaroo living areas is, at present, unknown,“ the researchers say.
„For example, as climate change becomes increasingly pronounced, the probability of kangaroo populations continuing SM 카지노to decline in the future is much less.“
Kangaroos and the human-dominated landscape The researchers say the most effective way to ensure that the kangaroo’s range is protected is to increase native population densities as much as possible. Photo: Andrew Meares
The researchers believe the current decline of the kangaroo is not directly due to human activities, but rather to habitat loss, hunting and logging.
„Given the recent decline of kangaroo numbers, we must take a bolder stance on our use of kangaroo habitat and conservation strategy, so that kangaroos and ou