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Apr 28, 2017

World heritage nature sites threatened...

Photo: Jorge Sierra / WWF / PA
Greater Flamingos wade in the Donana National Park in Andalusia, Spain.   Donana National Park is a Spanish World Heritage Site.   It sits on the right bank of the Guadalquivir River at its estuary on the Atlantic Ocean.   It is notable for the great diversity of its biotopes, especially lagoons, marshlands, fixed and mobile dunes, scrub woodland and maquis.   It is home to five threatened species of birds.   Donana is one of the largest heronries in the Mediterranean region and is the wintering site for more than 1/2 million waterfowl each year.   Almost half of World Heritage Sites designated for their importance to nature are threatened by the illegal wildlife trade, a report has warned.
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