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Russia's Endangered Species

Forty years after the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was signed on March 3, 1973, parties to this agreement are meeting in Bangkok this month to discuss further protection for several species that are under threat. Russia is home to many of the animals that are on endangered lists. Although the vast country is rich in biodiversity, many of its most iconic creatures are struggling to survive as they grapple with poaching and a loss of habitat.