For many endangered species, it’s survival of the cutest
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By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, August 3, 2016

The best strategy for endangered animals: Grow a spine. Then humans will protect you.

Most of the cash for conserving endangered animals goes to big “charismatic” species and there’s little left for smaller spineless ones, a global survey by Ottawa scientists shows.

Spineless things — insects and spiders and shellfish and the rest — matter a lot, the group largely from Carleton University and the University of Ottawa says. Bees and butterflies pollinate our food while beetles keep soil healthy.