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Endangered Species

Updated: June 1, 2007, 9:00 PM ET
By Michael Casey | Associated Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — If you think the problem of endangered species is all about tigers, elephants and orangutans, ask a violinist where he gets his bow. The best violin bows are made from pau brasil, a tree from the Brazilian rain forest that has been exploited for 500 years, and was once so economically vital for the red dye it produced that it gave its name to the only country where it grows. Pau brasil is among dozens of plants and animals threatened with extinction ...

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