Several nations united against extinction

24 October 2020 # Hope

The triennial summit of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) will tackle disputes over the conservation of great beasts such as elephants and rhinos, as well as cracking down on the exploitation of unheralded but vital species such as sea cucumbers, which clean ocean floors.

An Indonesian police officer holds a pair of birds – one dead, the other alive – after the force foiled a smuggling operation in Surabaya.


Extraordinary creatures being driven to extinction by the exotic pet trade, from glass frogs to star tortoises, may win extra protection from the 183-country conference. It may even see an extinct animal, the woolly mammoth, get safeguards, on the grounds that illegal elephant ivory is sometimes laundered by being labelled as antique mammoth tusks.