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Last Updated: Monday, 29 March, 2004, 08:16 GMT 09:16 UK
Bid to save endangered wildlife
White faced ducks
Experts say natural habitats are threatened
Scientists from Gloucestershire are spearheading a conservation programme in the Amazon.

The team from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) is working to save animals and their habitats from extinction.

Experts say animals and birds such as the white-faced whistling duck are being destroyed in the Rupununi region of Guyana.

The land in the Amazon was previously unspoiled but is now being targeted by mining and logging companies.

"Year on year there are more threats to the habitat, " said Dr. Matthew Simpson from Slimbridge.

"It could be that in 50 to 100 years we'll see the same devastation in Guyana that we've seen in other areas of the world."

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