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2008-10-29 14:09:33

The first U.N.-approved auction of elephant ivory in almost a decade yielded lower prices than many analysts predicted on Tuesday. The first of four auctions by southern African countries saw a total of 7.2 tons of Namibian ivory sold for $1.2 million "“ an average of $164 a kilo to Chinese and Japanese bidders. The auction was the first since 1999, when the average price of ivory was $110 a kilo in an auction to Japanese bidders. Experts expected higher prices in the sale, and...

2008-07-14 18:00:21

Wildlife trade and resulting species decline are the topics at an international convention in Switzerland on endangered species of wildlife and native plants. Innovative and courageous solutions are required to correct the spiral of species decline, Secretary-General Willem Wijnstekers of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora said Monday in a statement at the start of the conference. Representatives from the 173 CITES member nations will...


Word of the Day
baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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