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Nature turning into McDonalds, experts warn

Can the hunt for lost species save biodiversity? Scientists have warned that nature is in great danger. But is there hope? What's happening?  A blind salamander. A tap-dancing spider. A kangaroo that lives in a tree. These are some of the most endangered animals. They are almost impossible to find. But a group of people is on a mission to find them. And it could save the planet.  Find out more  Barney Long works for Re:wild. It is a group of experts who search for rare animals.  So far, they have found the world's largest bee, the silver-backed Chevrotain and the Fernandina Giant Tortoise.  These animals are called Lazarus species because people thought they had died out a long time ago.  This project is exciting, but does it help the planet?  Some say it does. Finding out about rare animals tells us more about the world they live in. It helps us save them.  But others say it is a waste of time. Extinction is part of evolution. We should focus on looking after the animals more likely to survive.  Can the hunt for lost species save biodiversity? Some say Yes! Finding lost species shows us how strong nature is. It inspires us to look after our planet.  Others think No. It is probably too late for these endangered species. They may be exciting and comforting to find in the wild, but the main focus should be on protecting more of the world from humans.  KeywordsRe:wild - The organisation was founded by actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio. Scientists have named a newly discovered beetle and a tree after him.

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