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Songbirds with unique colours are more likely to be traded as pets – new reserch

By Rebecca Senior, Assistant Professor of Conservation Science, Durham University
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People like beautiful things. This comes as no surprise: beauty underpins highly profitable businesses, from cosmetics and art to the illegal wildlife trade, which reaps up to US$23 billion (£20 billion) annually according to some estimates.

Tigers and pandas show that aesthetic value can be an asset to wildlife conservation, attracting public support and funding. On the flip side, anything that you might want to preserve in the wild so you can look at it, somebody else will probably…The Conversation

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