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January 29, 2020 - The Guardian

SOUTH AFRICA: wild animals at risk of ‘genetic pollution’

SOUTH AFRICA: wild animals at risk of ‘genetic pollution’
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Lions, rhinos and cheetahs are among the wild species at risk of irreversible “genetic pollution” from breeding experiments, scientists have warned.

South African game farmers have increasingly been breeding novel trophy animals, including some freakishly-coloured varieties such as the black impala, golden wildebeest or pure-white springboks. Some hunters pay more to bag unusual trophies, but now the South African government is under fire for permitting further gene manipulation ventures that scientists say could have a damaging effect on the continent’s wildlife.

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