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Study: Popularity of Wildlife Can Harm Public's Perception

Researchers say the love youngsters have for wildlife may be clouding the public's mind about how endangered those creatures are. The study in the journal PLOS Biology lists what the authors say are the world's 10 most charismatic animals: tigers, lions, elephants, giraffes, leopards, pandas, cheetahs, polar bears, gray wolves and gorillas. The common depiction of these animals in cartoons and movies and as toys has led to what the authors call "virtual populations" —...

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