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15 endangered species that are still on the menu

By: Bryan Nelson on Aug. 2, 2010, 12:10 p.m.

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Although these sensitive beasts are most often poached for their ivory tusks, their meat is also highly prized. Illegal hunting of elephants for meat is becoming more lucrative for poachers than killing them for their tusks. For instance, a poacher can fetch up to $180 for the ivory, but as much as $6,000 for the meat. While protections are strong for elephants worldwide, it's likely that illegal poaching will continue so long as there is a demand.