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Faux Leopard Skins May Save The Real Thing

A conservation group called Panthera is delivering 4,000 free faux leopard print capes to church members at Shembe Church in South Africa, in the hopes of saving the animals that they'd otherwise come from. Says Mother Nature Network:

A big cat conservation group is handing out faux-leopard print capes to residents of South African communities who wear the real animal skins for ceremonial purposes. The hope is that the synthetic skins will reduce demand for real leopard skins, thereby reducing poaching of the majestic animal.

So far, it seems the community has been receptive to the switch.