Forest elephants in central Africa are being slaughtered in record numbers for their ivory tusks, a decade-long study finds. The U.S. government and wildlife advocacy groups are struggling to slow the killings as poaching is overcoming laws and treaties intended to protect the species.
The study estimates that 100 million sharks are killed globally every year. Shark populations are especially vulnerable because they do not reproduce quickly or early on in life. New protections are up for consideration at an international conference Sunday.
It's called the "Last Great Race on Earth" and spans nearly 1,000 miles. Along the trail, veterinarians will be there at checkpoints to make sure the dogs competing are healthy enough to make it through the final dash.
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