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The 20 Animal Species That Could Rewild the World

Reintroducing mammals like gazelles, tigers and bears to their former habitats would boost biodiversity and help the landscape store more carbon, new research finds. 

A Jaguar in Pantanal, Brazil. 

A Jaguar in Pantanal, Brazil. 

Photographer: Hal Beral/VW Pics/Universal Images Group/Getty Images

Reintroducing just 20 large mammal species to their historic habitats could boost biodiversity across a broad swathe of the planet while helping to stabilize the climate, according to a new study.

“Solving the biodiversity crisis and the climate crisis is not only necessary, they’re mutually reinforcing,” said Carly Vynne, a conservation biologist and lead author of the paper published Jan. 27 in the journal Ecography.