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Wildlife, historical sites and the Maldive islands are under threat. Your interest may even help save them

By Prospect   August 2011

An aye-aye: along with other lemurs, its habitat is threatened by increasing deforestation in Madagascar

Endangered species Tony Juniper

In 1991, writer Douglas Adams and zoologist Mark Carwardine published their book Last Chance to See. It charted their journey across the world in search of animals on the brink of extinction, from the aye-aye of Madagascar to the kakapo parrot of New Zealand.

Twenty years on, some of them have hung on and some have increased in number. One, the Yangtze River dolphin, is probably extinct. Like others at the threshold of oblivion, its plight worsened as economic growth…

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