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The owning and trading of antiques and other objects derived from endangered species is a topic fraught with ethical and legal complications. For viewers and readers interested in educating themselves on these issues as well as the state of at-risk animal populations around the world, we recommend these selections from our website and other online resources.

For readers interested in educating themselves on the state of elephants, rhinoceros, and other at-risk animal populations around the world, we recommend the following web-based resources.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature

The Red List is the globally recognized authority on the health and robustness of species around the world.

www.iucnredlist.org

Traffic.org

Traffic.org is a clearinghouse for publications, articles and reports on all aspects of the global trade in wildlife. The site is a good source for information on U.S. and international trading laws.

www.traffic.org

The International Rhino Foundation

Among their many activities, the IRF works with local populations in Asia and Africa to protect and preserve rhinoceros populations.

www.rhinos.org

Save the Rhino Trust

Based in Namibia, the Save the Rhino Trust protects Namibia's rhinoceros populations, which include the last free-ranging black rhinos in the world.

www.savetherhinotrust.org

The World Wildlife Fund

Help rhinos directly by "adopting" one.

www.worldwildlife.org/gift-center/gifts/Species-Adoptions/Sumatran-rhino.aspx

96 Elephants

Non-profit named for the number of elephants killed each day in Africa, this campaign of 195 organizations works to stop the killing, the trafficking, and the demand.

www.96elephants.org

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Clearinghouse on international wildlife trade affairs.

www.fws.gov/international/

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

A "crash course" on rhino conservation from the federal agency charged with wildlife protection.

www.fws.gov/news/blog/index.cfm/2012/2/17/A-Crash-Course-in-Rhinos--Rhino-Conservation

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

The website of CITES, with specifics on signatory countries and how the Convention works.

www.cites.org

Endangered Species Act (U.S. Code: Title 16, Ch. 35)

Text of the federal ESA statute, on the website of the Cornell University Legal Information Institute.

www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/16/chapter-35

Wildlife Conservation Society

The WCS is a non-profit that works in 60 countries and the world's oceans to save wildlife and wild places.

www.wcs.org

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In addition, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW only features items in accord with U.S. law including the Endangered Species Act (ESA), U.S. regulations for implementing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and other applicable laws.