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Which Species Will Live, Which Will Die? [Slide Show]

Conservation groups can no longer afford to try to protect all animals and plants, forcing heartbreaking choices


Conservationists are reluctantly experimenting with three forms of triage to help them decide which species to try to save or not save. Each method has different priorities: "Function first" favors species that perform a unique job in nature. "Evolution first" seeks to preserve genetic diversity. "Hot spots" prefers ecosystems rich in species.

So which animals and plants would flourish or perish in each of the schemes?

See this slide show to find out
 

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