Some animals, like dogs, are protected by international treaties, but other species, like bats and frogs, can’t be, say experts.
A new study published in PLOS One finds that some species, such as the great apes, are most vulnerable.
It is an interesting finding that suggests some species are more vulnerable than others.
For example, the gorilla is thought to be protected by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the same body that regulates hunting, but it’s considered by some to be a species at risk of extinction.
Other threats include pesticides, pathogens, and invasive species.
The report comes at a time when we are dealing with a global pandemic, which is impacting on many of the most fragile species, from the great ape to the African wild dog.
Many species of mammals are being threatened by climate change and other threats, says study co-author Eric Stolper of the University of California, Davis, who led the study.
“The more we study the consequences of these threats, the more we need to have an understanding of how they affect the health of the entire species,” he says.
“There are a lot of different threats that have been documented, but the number one threat is the loss of habitat.”
The researchers used the global map of mammal species, developed by the Zoological Society of London, to map how vulnerable a species is to disease, including infectious diseases, pests, and parasites.
They then compared the number of disease-related deaths for each species in their study area.
For each species, the researchers looked at the total number of cases of the disease and the death toll.
They also looked at how many of those deaths involved diseases that affect the animals, such to diabetes or to tuberculosis.
The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found that the Great Apes are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases such as HIV and malaria.
“They are highly susceptible to infectious disease and they are especially susceptible to diseases that can cause a range of conditions,” says study researcher Daniel Schulz of the Department of Biological Sciences and Technology at the University, Zurich.
“Their immune systems are not well developed, and that is a problem.”
The Great Apés are one of several species of animals that are most at risk from the spread of infectious diseases.
It has been suggested that diseases such to malaria, dengue fever and coronavirus are the primary drivers of their declines.
“I think we should all be concerned that they’re losing their health at a rapid rate,” says Schulz.
“But we need more data on the other threats as well.”
Another group of animals are also at risk, the study found.
They include the African lion and African elephant.
These two creatures are often threatened by poaching and by the development of large plantations.
“It is important to understand the role that habitat loss plays in the spread and spread of diseases,” says Stolp.
“This study shows that the African savannah is more vulnerable to a range the other mammals.”
He says that this could be because the savannah has a very different ecosystem to the savanna.
The researchers say that they hope to further study this in the future.
The findings of the study also suggest that we may be in for a period of recovery as more species are found to be vulnerable to diseases, the report says.