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Funding loss clouds future for Kemp's ridley sea turtles

from Valley Morning Star

Until recently in Texas, the Kemp's ridley sea turtle population was rebounding so well that scientists and conservationists fully expected the animal to swap its "endangered" status for "threatened" in the very near future — and possibly be taken off the Endangered Species list altogether by 2020. According to Pamela Plotkin, director of Texas Sea Grant, the turtle's numbers had been growing 12 to 17 percent each year thanks to conservation efforts, with population models projecting the same upward trend for the foreseeable future. more


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