Humans are now the main agents of extinction and it will be for us to decide if the thousands of species now threatened with oblivion can survive. On the eve of the new millennium we ask the conservationists in the front line what strategies must nations adopt to ensure that more species do not end up on the endangered roll call. Wildlife conservation NGOs and voluntary animal welfare organisations have a vital role to play, like WAR, the Wild Animal Rescue centre in Bangkok. In the UK the long-tongued bumble bee is under threat, largely as a result of intensive agriculture, and its extinction could spell disaster for the farmers. Even in sparsely populated environmentally conscious Sweden the wolf has been persecuted to the point of annihilation, and in the South Pacific one of the smallest endangered species in the world is taking refuge – the Partula snail.
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