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Out of CITES


Pink coral, leopards, and elephant ivory, oh my! These are just a few of the species that will be in the spotlight at the June UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

We learned from an Environmental News Service piece today that CITES rules are even more complex than our Endangered Species Act. The ENS piece is a pretty good CITES primer, as it explains the intricacies of the system, its history, and the rule changes that are expected to be discussed at the convention.

But without a doubt,  the pictures make the story, from a Steinway piano covered with a resin made from a rare species of Brazilian rosewood to the Dr. Doolittle-esque largetooth sawfish from the Indo-Pacific. (Its nose is a saw. For real.).

And then there’s the photo of CITES Secretary-General Willem Wijnstekers, whose moustache is most definitely an endangered species unto itself.