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City's badger population on verge of extinction

BADGERS, the largest living wild animal native to Shanghai, are on the verge of extinction with no more than 30 detected in the city, local researchers said.
Shanghai's wild animal protection authority is hoping researchers can revive the species, today's Shanghai Morning Post reported.

In the past two years, five of the 10 badger groups detected in the city's suburbs have disappeared, the report said, citing research by East China Normal University. Hunting and environmental changes were blamed.

Shanghai will build two habitats for badgers in three years to help revive the species, according to Pei Enle, director of the Shanghai Wild Animal Protection Office.

To ensure the revival, badger numbers need to increase to at least 500, said ECNU Professor Xu Hongfa.


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