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(Cheryl Carlin)

Five Species Likely to Become Extinct in the Next 40 Years

Experts estimate that one-eighth of all bird species, one-fifth of mammal species and one-third of amphibian species are at risk

Ploughshare Tortoise Astrochelys yniphora

Ploughshare Tortoise
(Nick Garbutt / www.nhpa.co.uk)
Location: Madagascar
Number: 400
Confined to five small, unconnected areas, the tortoises are “nearly certain to go extinct within the next 30 years,” according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. A fragmented habitat limits breeding, and poachers take them for the illegal pet trade.

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