India's wildlife under threat as illegal poaching threatens lesser-known animals

August 18, 2014 1:58 PM

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India's wildlife under threat as illegal poaching threatens lesser-known animals

NEW DELHI – Wildlife poachers, hindered by India's efforts to protect majestic endangered animals including tigers and rhinos, have begun to think smaller. And activists say scores of the country's lesser-known species are vanishing from the wild as a result.

The Indian pangolin — a scaly critter whose defense mechanism of rolling up into a ball is no help against humans — and the star tortoise — a popular pet that maxes out at a foot in length — are just two of the species that are being killed or smuggled in increasing numbers while conservation effort...

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