"It is painful that despite significant investment in Vietnamese rhino conservation, efforts failed to save this unique animal."
- TRAN THI MINH HIENthe World Wildlife Fund's Vietnam director, on the Javan rhino, which has been declared extinct in Vietnam; poachers decimated the animal's population
"The peacock poses no danger to anyone."
- THE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETYthe parent company of New York's Central Park Zoo, in a statement about a bird that wandered from the park on Tuesday to perch itself on a window ledge on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue
"We are crowding wildlife into ever smaller areas, and human population is increasing. Where those two things meet, that is the recipe for something crossing over."
- Dr. MARC LEVYa global change expert at Columbia University's Earth Institute, on a new map that highlights the world's hot spots for emerging infectious diseases
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