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October 20, 2020 - Daily Times

Eco-tourism is endangering wild animals because encountering humans reduces their fear of natural predators: study

Eco-tourism is endangering wild animals because encountering humans reduces their fear of natural predators: study
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Animals such as mammals, birds and reptiles lose their fear of predators after they start encountering humans, experts say. Biologists analysed nearly 200 scientific studies to investigate changes in different ‘anti-predator’ traits – which can help an animal outwit a predator and escape with their lives – following human contact.

Contact with humans – such as in zoos and tourist enclosures – gradually wears away the natural ‘anti-predator’ instincts in multiple species, they found.

In the wild, these animals are put in great danger when they then have to escape from predators, the international team of scientists claim.

The issue also affects animals in the wild that live near cities and new urban developments, which are being lured by scraps and tamed by humans.

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