Urban jungles housing more animals and plants than thought

A variety of plant and animal species have been found to flourish in urban environments, despite the common view that cities cause a loss in biodiversity.

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara’s National Centre for Ecological Analysis studied 147 cities worldwide, and found that many native species still exist in cities and the species represent the unique biodiversity of each region.

The authors say their study highlights the value of gardens and parks in cities, where native species have migrated. The study is expected to have wide implications for city planners.

Read more at UC Santa Barbara’s National Centre for Ecological Analysis