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8 wilderness icons under threat

April 19, 2012, 2:35 p.m.
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Gimme shelter

Only a few of the many threatened species and wild places on Earth ever gain any legal protections. Some of these are considered still vulnerable while others are making a comeback. We've compiled a list of eight icons of the wilderness — animals, plants and places — that are under threat from human activities, climate change or loss of habitat. With the help of our friends at explore.org, we'll share how some of these animals and places are being protected.