Wildlife conference boosts protection for sharks, turtles

  • FILE - A Zimbabwe National Parks official inspects some of the elephant tusks during a tour of ivory stockpiles in Harare, May, 16, 2022. An international conference on trade in endangered species ended Friday, Nov. 25, in Panama, with protections established for over 500 species. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)

  • FILE - A hippo floats in the lagoon at Hacienda Napoles Park, once the private estate of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar who decades ago imported three female hippos and one male in Puerto Triunfo, Colombia, Feb. 16, 2022. An international conference on trade in endangered species ended Friday, Nov. 25, in Panama, with protections established for over 500 species. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

PANAMA CITY — An international wildlife conference moved to enact some of the most significant protection for shark species targeted in the fin trade and scores of turtles, lizards and frogs whose numbers are being decimated by the pet trade.