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Flora and fauna: Cuba rescues threatened species
The protection and recuperation of species endangered either by overexploitation or with demographic problems is occupying Cuban specialists in several provinces.

One such project, undertaken by the Flora and Fauna enterprise in Pinar del Rio is protection of the "Palma Petate" with habitat only in the western region of Cuba.

Specialist Lidia Luifriu told Prensa Latina this project is to protect the little more than 300 species of Coccothrinax crinita, distributed between Las Pozas and Rio Viejo, Bahia Honda, which species was reduced by overexploitation of the 10 meter plant.

Work with this species started three years ago and includes transplanting seeds, supervision of seeds, germination and a general evaluation of the plants.

Pinar del Rio has a total of 3,000 species of flora, 367 of them threatened and 866 endemic to that western province.

Source: Prensa Latina

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