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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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THE ANTIGUAN RACER (Alsophis antiguae) IS BACK



Only 50 individuals of the Antiguan racer remained in the wild by 1995, when is was dubbed “the world’s rarest snake”. Through the efforts of Fauna & Flora International, this colubrid is back to Antigua and adjacent islands, counting to some 500 individuals at present.
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A FLYING RESCUE MISSION FOR SIAMESE CROCODILES


15 Siamese crocodiles (Crocodylus siamensis) that were caught between construction hydro dams sites in the Stung Atay river, Cambodia, were rescued from places they were at risk. The river flows through Pursat and Koh Kong Provinces in Southwest Cambodia, and has two dams whose construction began in 2008. When the hydro electric Project completes, over 4000 hectares of rainforest will be flooded.
Read the complete story at the Fauna & Flora International site.

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