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THE fu­ture of some species of chim­panzee, gi­raffe, lion, leop­ard and shark is look­ing brighter, af­ter it was agreed that they should re­ceive added pro­tec­tion.

The new rules were set out at the Con­ven­tion On The Con­ser­va­tion Of Mi­gra­tory Species Of Wild An­i­mals in the Philip­pines. It means that coun­tries must now do all they can to take care of their na­tive species.

Ex­perts be­lieve the chim­panzee is at par­tic­u­lar risk, as their num­bers have dropped sig­nif­i­cantly in re­cent years due to habi­tat loss.

There was also some good news for rare Asi­atic chee­tahs, as peo­ple in Iran are pledg­ing cash to pro­tect this en­dan­gered species.

There are thought to be just 50 of th­ese chee­tahs left in the wild. Many have been killed by cars or farm­ers pro­tect­ing their an­i­mals.

Asi­atic chee­tahs are in dan­ger of dy­ing out

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