September 10, 2010, Newsletter Issue #47: Check The List

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While many ecotourists wouldn't dream of buying anything made from ivory, they may see nothing wrong in buying a coral necklace or a jar of caviar. It's difficult for a layperson to keep up with what's endangered and what's not. The World Wildlife Fund has simplified the task with their Souvenir Action Alert. The following may be less well-known mistakes than buying crocodile skin bags and ivory statues:

Coral is an important part of a reef's structure. It's not just an inert lump of jewelry;Certain species of caviar are near extinction, so it's important to know what you're eating and where it comes from. Beluga caviar is out;Some species of cacti are strictly controlled as well.

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