Introduction: Preservation

January 2004
Panama (Adventure Guide);2004, p28
This article focuses on endangered animal species in Panamá. The World Conservation Monitoring Association has "red-listed" more than 100 of Panamá's creatures, which . Small colonies of frogs, particularly vulnerable to air and water pollution, might disappear in an instant. Panamá's fabled golden frog has become a rarity. Parrots captured for sale on the international black market often don't survive the trauma. Macaws and quetzals are killed for their beautiful feathers; iguanas for their meat; sea turtles are killed for meat and shells and their nests plundered for eggs. Lobsters, once plentiful throughout San Blas, have almost disappeared from that area, and are traded for a few paltry dollars to end up as expensive dinners on the mainland.


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