Dwindling prey species are putting carnivores at risk
carnivores worldwide are at risk of going hungry as their prey species are dwindling in numbers, says a study published in RoyalSociety OpenScience. Almost 25 per cent of the 494 prey species analysed in the study are at risk of extinction. At least 17 carnivores depend on them for survival. The tiger is one of the five carnivores with maximum number of threatened prey. Half of the animals it hunts are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of threatened species. The researchers have called for a holistic conservation approach to protect both the carnivores and their preys.