Indian Pangolin, Star Tortoise New Poaching Targets

August 18, 2014 9:23 PM

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Indian Pangolin, Star Tortoise New Poaching Targets

The lesser known Indian pangolin and star tortoise are now new targets for poachers, as India increases its efforts to protect more iconic endangered animals including tigers and rhinos.

"The problem is that we were turning a blind eye to all lesser-known species and suddenly this very lucrative trade has been allowed to explode," Belinda Wright, director of the Wildlife Protection Society of India, told The Associated Press (AP).

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