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Preserving the priceless

WILL BIRTLES

KARIBU

This got me thinking… For, priceless is our planet. Priceless are the magnificent landscapes. Priceless are the wild animals that live alongside us. And yet we continue to destroy our fragile Earth. Enormous efforts are being made to protect Africa’s riches but there is a long road ahead.

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