Wild China sturgeon on brink of extinction

2014-09-15 13:40

The wild Chinese sturgeon is at risk of extinction, state media reports, after none of the rare fish were detected reproducing naturally in the polluted and crowded Yangtze river last year.

Planet of the dying apes

2014-06-25 19:09

The accelerated and unsustainable exploitation of the earth's primary natural resources has become a major threat to apes in Africa and Asia.

Conservationists, big oil join forces for whales

2014-01-20 09:14

Conservationists have joined forces with a company working on one of the world's largest oil and gas projects to help limit the impact of seismic surveys on endangered whales.

KNP tourists to help monitor wild dogs

2014-01-13 13:52

The Endangered Wildlife Trust is set to launch a project to monitor the declining African wild dog population in the Kruger National Park.

8 000 pig-nosed turtles rescued in Indonesia

2014-01-10 12:07

Indonesian officials say they have rescued more than 8 000 baby pig-nosed turtles hidden in suitcases and thought to be destined for China and Singapore.

Africa's elephants threatened

2013-12-02 16:58

A fifth of Africa's elephants could be wiped out by poachers in the next decade.

Congo's 'forest giraffe' on brink of extinction

2013-11-27 08:37

The International Union for Conservation of Nature says Congo's national symbol, the okapi, is on the brink of extinction.

Twin snow leopard cubs make debut at zoo

2013-11-06 10:06

New York's Central Park Zoo is showing off two baby snow leopard cubs born there this summer.

2 new species join primate club

2013-03-26 15:00

Scientists have made a rare addition to the order of primates, unveiling two new species of mouse lemur - tiny, big-eyed animals that inhabit the forests of Madagascar.

African rhino targeted by criminals

2013-02-27 07:21

Illegal killing of African rhino is on the rise with at least 745 poached last year and over two a day being shot by poachers so far this year.

'Celebrity' frog misidentified - expert

2013-02-19 10:30

A globular pokemon-like frog that has caused an internet sensation with its roaring calls has been misidentified, according to a local frog expert.

Ministers meet for biodiversity talks

2012-10-17 09:00

More than 70 environment ministers will meet in India for key talks on halting the depletion of Earth's natural resources.

1000s of species may become extinct

2012-09-06 18:03

The world's largest conservation forum has opened with warnings that reckless development is ruining the planet's natural health, pushing thousands of species toward extinction.

Red List: Two rhino species extinct

2011-11-10 12:01

Several species of rhino have been poached into extinction or to the point of no return, according to an update of the Red List of Threatened Species.

IUCN: Tuna needs urgent protection

2011-07-08 13:10

The IUCN has said for the first time that most species of tuna are urgently in need of protection.

Rare giraffes poached in Niger

2010-08-16 21:20

Poachers in Niger have killed two baby West African Giraffes, the first attack on the endangered species in the country for 20 years.


Wealthy diners driving pangolin to extinction

2014-07-29 08:18

Some wild mammal species are being driven to extinction for their fur, hides, horns or tusks, but the pangolin is being eaten out of existence by wealthy humans.

Europe's bumblebees may face extinction

2014-04-02 15:15

Almost a quarter of Europe's bumblebees are at risk of extinction due to loss of habitats and climate change, threatening pollination of crops worth billions of dollars, a study shows.

Congo gorilla ranger killed by militia

2014-01-15 10:10

A Virunga National Park ranger has been shot and killed as Rwandan militia seek to gain control of the region which supports Congo’s only population of mountain gorillas.

NGO goes public with rhino auction winner

2014-01-13 08:52

A US non-profit organisation has published the name of the person who won an auction to shoot and kill a critically endangered black rhino.

Indonesia to build sanctuary for rarest rhino

2013-12-26 07:37

Indonesia's first rhino sanctuary will soon open as the country struggles to save the animal from the brink of extinction, where only around 50 animals are left in the wild.

African, Asian states do ivory deal

2013-12-03 22:01

African and Asian states, including China, have reached a deal to tackle the illegal ivory trade, during international talks in Botswana on protecting elephants.

Muti blamed for poisoning of KZN vultures

2013-11-27 12:15

The mass poisoning of nearly 40 vultures outside Durban has been blamed on the muti trade, after 29 of the birds had their heads removed.

Species protection needed at 78 sites: Study

2013-11-15 17:58

A scientific study has identified 78 sites worldwide in dire need of environmental protection because they harbor species that could go extinct.

To save corals, save the forests

2013-06-05 08:02

Conservationists fighting to save coastal coral reefs should think first about combatting local deforestation rather than attacking the wider peril of global warming.

Genetic 'rhino capital' threatened

2013-02-28 16:05

Since the beginning of this year a rhino has been lost to poaching every 11 hours and this decline in the population has implications for rhino genetics, a rhino expert says.

Cites shark species debated

2013-02-20 11:30

In the run-up to the upcoming conference of parties to Cites governments will debate whether to add five species of shark to the treaty.

Antarctic reindeer face cull

2013-01-09 20:41

About 3 000 reindeer on an island near Antarctica are to be slaughtered to stop damage to the environment by the descendants of a tiny herd introduced a century ago.

Plea for obscure animal protection

2012-09-11 14:00

Obscure flora and fauna that few people have ever heard of need to be much better protected if the world is to prevent species dying out by 2020.

Three SA bird species under threat

2012-06-14 11:32

The International Union for Conservation in Nature 2012 Red List for birds has said that three bird species in South Africa are under threat.

Extinction threat for SA secretary bird

2011-07-11 11:29

The snake-hunting secretary bird that graces South Africa's national coat of arms as a symbol of strength and vigilance faces extinction.

Cycads face extinction

2010-10-27 21:17

The cycad, which is the world's oldest living seed plant, faces extinction if people continue to wrench the plants from their wild habitats.

Sturgeon 'at death's door'

2010-03-18 20:07

After more than 200 million years, sturgeon are losing a battle for survival to poachers who have hunted the queens of caviar to the verge of extinction.

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