Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wildlife Fund Issues `Most Wanted' List

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wildlife Fund Issues `Most Wanted' List

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An Asian tree that yields an anti-cancer drug, a tiny Middle East tortoise sold to tourists and a Russian horned antelope with a nose like a donkey are all new candidates for protection from traders, according to the World Wildlife Fund. .

The fund has put them on a list of "10 most wanted" species. It hopes for action from a meeting, starting Nov. 7, of 125 governments that are signatories to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

The annual meeting will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the first time in the United States since the convention was signed in Washington in 1973.

The wildlife fund's list also includes the tiger and the black rhinoceros, for whose protection Congress has voted to authorize spending of $10 million.

"In the last few years, as rhino population has declined, hunting of Saiga antelope of Siberia has accelerated, with whole herds being wiped out for the trade of their horn," the fund said in its announcement.

The African Wildlife Foundation, another conservation group, said that 85 percent of Africa's rhinos - the kind with two horns - have been poached in the past 25 years for use in Asian medicine and dagger handles in Arab countries. …

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