Published: Sunday 30 September 2001

Wild orchids of Tanzania are about to vanish because of their large-scale commercial exploitation, states the Wildlife Conservation Society (wcs). According to wcs , popularity of orchids in Zambia has led to their overexploitation. "Millions of orchids are being virtually strip-mined from Tanzania's southern highlands and at current rates many species will be wiped out in a matter of a few years," said Tim Davenport, conservation biologist of wcs.

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