As SA ghost frogs, dragon-like lizards vanish ...

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As SA ghost frogs, dragon-like lizards vanish ...

These wonderful species are facing extinction, owing to a toxic mix of factors

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The 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) opens on Saturday in Geneva, Switzerland, and ends on August 28. Under CITES, roughly 5,800 species of animals are protected.

About 15% of species assessed in Southern Africa are extinct in the wild and many more are threatened, the 2018 Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Africa report states.

Habitat loss, climate change and illegal trade are taking a toll, the updated Red Lists of Threatened Species for reptiles and mammals in SA reveals...

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