Extinction Risk and Conservation of the Earth's National Animal Symbols

  title={Extinction Risk and Conservation of the Earth's National Animal Symbols},
  author={Neil Hammerschlag and Austin J. Gallagher},
Abstract Flagship species are commonly used as conservation tools, but to be effective, local public support is crucial. A country's national animal symbol is often selected for holding cultural and historical significance. Therefore, national animal symbols may serve as ideal flagships within their associated countries. Here, we evaluate the extinction risk and primary threats facing the world's national animal symbols and assess their levels of protection. Analysis of International Union for… 
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