Recently published in the Journal

22 05 2012

by Elina Rantanen

Big city life: carnivores in urban environments

Urban carnivores have become an increasingly common phenomenon in cities across the globe. A review recently published in Journal of Zoology looked at how carnivores, such as foxes or raccoons, have become adapted to living in urban environments so decidedly different from their natural habitats. The authors examined for instance how these animals are exploiting urban environments for finding food and shelter, and how their body size and dietary flexibility could help explain why some carnivore species thrive in urban environments. The article also discusses the consequences of humans and urban carnivores living side by side. The paper concludes that it is important to understand how animals with reducing availability of their natural habitats become adapted to anthropogenic environments, to help the conservation and management of these species.

Photo: Stefano Costanzo (http://www.fotopedia.com/items/f99mkad2ks77v-sL5XtphibeM)

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