Humans force wild animals into tight spots, or send them far from home. We calculated just how big the impact is

Tue, 9 Feb 2021 05:19:07 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at]>

Andrew Pam

"The COVID pandemic has shown us that disruptions to the way we move
around, complete daily activities and interact with each other can
shatter our wellbeing.

This doesn’t apply only to humans. Wildlife across the globe find
themselves in this situation every day, irrespective of a global pandemic.

Our latest research published today in Nature Ecology and Evolution has,
for the first time, quantified the repercussions of logging, pollution,
hunting, and other human disturbances, on the movements of a wide range
of animal species.

Our findings were eye-opening. We found human disturbances, on average,
restricted an animal’s movements by 37%, or increased it by 70%. That’s
like needing to travel an extra 11 km to get to work each day
(Australia’s average is 16 km)."

        *** Xanni ***
--               Andrew Pam                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu            Partner, Glass Wings               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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