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69th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee

27 November - 1 December 2017, Geneva, Switzerland

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Fighting Extinction: Researching and Designing Solutions to Protect Endangered Species

The African wild dog. The Asian elephant. The Eastern lowland gorilla. These are just three of the many vertebrate species facing possible extinction because of human activities. Is there anything we can do to protect endangered species, and slow overall extinction rates?

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'Save the dung beetle!' Global science chief says biodiversity vital

Governments should extend the protection of nature far beyond iconic creatures such as tigers and elephants to species including worms and beetles that are vital to human prosperity, the chair of a global scientific project said on Thursday.

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More sightings of an endangered species don't always mean it's recovering

If more sightings of an endangered species are recorded, does that mean its numbers are increasing? Australia's native forest logging industry is arguing yes.

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Belize to create world’s first ray sanctuary

The government of Belize today announced the establishment of the first-ever nationwide ray sanctuary, motivated, in part, by data from Global FinPrint scientists at FIU. Globally, rays are threatened with extinction due largely to overfishing, habitat loss and climate change. They are even more ...

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The bold, tech-fuelled plan to save Africa's big beasts

Kenya's rhinos, elephants, and zebras pull in millions of tourism dollars and supply jobs. Poachers threaten that – but an ambitious programme is combining the influence of local communities and innovative technology to keep them at bay.

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Hippos are being pushed towards extinction by an insatiable demand for their teeth

When it comes to the global wildlife trade, conservationists have a long list of things to be worried about. They might need to add hippos to the top of that list.

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In pictures: The ten most endangered animals in Africa [infographic]

Africa’s animal population is on a steep decline, and we all know it. The reasons for extinction and endangerment of these beautiful creatures vary from poaching to habitat loss to climate change, and whether we accept it or not, we all have our shares of contributions.

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Pocket-sized turtle is now endangered!

Found only in Mexico and U.S., the Sonoyta mud turtle is down to just 100 in numbers It may not be surprising that an “aquatic desert” turtle faces long odds in life, but environmentalists and biologists still welcomed this week’s endangered species designation for the Sonoyta mud turtle.

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