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Fears drought threatens mammals

Australia's Drought
Conservationists are concerned about the future for five kinds of mammals whose last significant habitat on two Western Australian islands is under threat from drought. The animals, including the banded hare-wallaby and the burrowing bettong, used to exist across the mainland but are now confined to the Bernier and Dorre Islands in the Shark Bay area. Ongoing drought is having a negative impact on breeding and the condition of the animals. While some of the mammals are kept in captivity elsewhere, climate change could wipe out their last wild populations. "If we are entering a period where we may be getting more extended periods of drought there's always a chance that those sort of conditions can tip [species that may have been able to cope] just over the edge where they can no longer cope."

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