Ecologists want cities to host endangered species

Nov 06, 2018, 2:21 AM EST
(Source: Henry Koh/flickr)
(Source: Henry Koh/flickr)

In Pasadena, California, a thriving population of feral red-crowned parrots, a species native to eastern Mexico, has filled ecologists with a rather unconventional idea to conserve endangered creatures.

Conservationists propose that moving non-native endangered species into the cities could give them a new lease of life by creating “assured colonies” for animals on the brink of extinction, notes

Feral red-crowned parrots are a case in point. These birds, endangered in their native habitat, accidentally arrived at Pasadena and flourished there without any concerted conservation efforts, reports Green Matters.

However, such migrations could accompany “unintended consequences” for example, foreign species when introduced in a habitat may impact other creatures, crowd out other species or even interact with the environment in a way that harms the city-dwellers.