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Summit hopes to save Africa's endangered wildlife

Sculptures of rhinos in Johannesburg Source: AAP

A United Nations summit is underway in South Africa to deal with the threat of illegal trading of endangered wild animals and plants.It comes amid reports Africa's elephant populations have declined dramatically since poaching experienced a new upsurge in 2006.Santilla Chingaipe has this story.

More than 3,000 delegates from 183 countries are attending the 17th meeting of the Convention on Illegal Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna.

Known as CITES for short, the Convention has been in place since 1975 and provides protection to more than 35,000 plant and animal species.

The conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, is considering dozens of proposals to combat illegal trade and improve the sustainability of legal trade.

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