— three-quarters of those surveyed said a species deserves special protections if it had been driven to extinction from any more than 30% of its historic range. some were more accepting of losses. regardless of the explanation, a good answer to the question, “what an endangered species?” is an inescapable synthesis of facts and values. read : what is an endangered species?
— “some animals may have been lucky enough to find refuge and survive,” says euan ritchie, an ecologist at deakin university in melbourne. “it might not always be the case that animals have been completely wiped out in these habitats, however given the scale and severity of these fires [in australia], there’s no question that, even common species and not just threatened species, will have been affected quite dramatically.” read : australian fires have incinerated habitats