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Australian animals threatened by climate change

Image: A poisonous Cane Toad, introduced to Australia from America in the 1930's. Native creatures are at increased risk of extinction due to climate change, according to a report released on Tuesday. (AFP/THE COURIER MAIL/File)

SYDNEY (AFP) - Native Australian animals are at increased risk of extinction due to climate change, according to a report released Tuesday which found invasive species could benefit from rising temperatures.

Species at risk from higher temperatures and lower rainfall include the kangaroo-like rock wallaby, the rabbit-eared bilby and the quoll, a native cat, the report by environmental group WWF Australia said.

These animals are already battling bushfires, loss of habitat and introduced predators such as the cane toad and the European fox -- threats which are likely to be exacerbated by climate change, it said.

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