25 Jul '13, 8pm

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Some of the world’s most spectacular yet little-known mammals are poised to become “fashion victims” of the booming cashmere trade , according to a study in the August 2013 issue of Conservation Biology . Lucrative demand for the luxurious fiber has driven up the numbers of wool-producing goats in the remote highlands and steppes of Central Asia, where 90 percent of the world’s cashmere originates. The population boom has one “striking yet indirect and unintended” consequence: the displacement of already-endangered animals to the brink of existence. Snow leopards, wild yaks, Przewalski’s horses, saiga antelopes, and other rare species endemic to Mongolia , India , and China’s Tibetan Plateau struggle for survival amid increased conflicts with herders, attacks by their dogs, retaliatory killings on predators, and dwindling forage supplies, researchers say.

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