UN acts to save chimps, gi­raffes, vul­tures, fish

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CHIMPANZEES, leop­ards and gi­raffes are among 34 en­dan­gered species that will re­ceive greater pro­tec­tion, gov­ern­ments at­tend­ing a UN wildlife con­fer­ence have agreed.

Many mi­gra­tory species are nearly ex­tinct and the UN-backed con­fer­ence has called for in­creased in­ter­na­tional co-op­er­a­tion to pro­tect them.

The Con­ven­tion of Mi­gra­tory Species held in the Philip­pines voted for ad­di­tional pro­tec­tion for 12 breeds of mam­mals, 16 birds and six fish.

The whale shark, the world’s largest fish, has been added to the list, as well as the gi­raffe, which is on the de­cline in Africa.

Fewer than 90,000 are thought to be left in the wild.

The chim­panzee is fac­ing a 50 per cent drop in num­bers and has been added to the list.

At greater risk is the gobi bear – only 45 in­di­vid­u­als are known to re­main in the wild in China and Mon­go­lia. It’s been added to the list. Ten species of vul­tures will also get spe­cial pro­tec­tion.

The con­ven­tion was or­gan­ised un­der the UN En­vi­ron­ment Pro­gram and had more than 1000 del­e­gates from 129 coun­tries.

Con­ven­tion ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary Brad­nee Cham­bers said ev­ery­body had to “pitch in” to pro­tect the world’s wildlife.

“It has helped to con­vey the mes­sage that the fu­ture of mi­gra­tory wildlife is in­te­gral to our fu­ture and that we all have re­spon­si­bil­ity to act,” he said.

Gov­ern­ments also agreed to co-op­er­ate on re­duc­ing the neg­a­tive im­pacts of ma­rine de­bris, noise pol­lu­tion and cli­mate change on mi­gra­tory species.

PHOTO: TARONGA ZOO/AAP

AT RISK: Chimpanzees are in de­cline.

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