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29 April 2011

RADIATED TORTOISE DRIVEN TO EXTINCTION


The Radiated Tortoise (Astrochelys radiata), one of the most culturally significant and iconic species in Madagascar, is being driven to extinction. Among the reasons are that this is becoming a more common source of food for local people and a highly prized commodity for poachers. Unsustainable harvesting, collection for the illegal pet trade, and habitat loss are among the major treats that threatens the survival of this species.  
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