Cuddles and Kalashnikovs for mountain gorillas

2016-10-19 19:00

A powerful combination of love and guns is helping rebuild an endangered gorilla community in the jungles of war-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

There are four species of giraffe, not one

2016-09-10 07:40

There are actually four species of giraffe, not one as previously believed, researchers have said in a discovery that could change conservation efforts for the world's tallest mammal.

Life-altering science moves fast, sparking debate

2016-09-06 18:25

Scientific techniques that can wipe out invasive species or alter mosquitoes' ability to carry disease are pushing ahead, raising concerns about the ethics of permanently changing the natural world.

World's largest gorillas 'one step from going extinct'

2016-09-05 07:21

The world's largest gorillas have been pushed to the brink of extinction by a surge of illegal hunting in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and are now critically endangered, wildlife officials say.

Desert antelope faces 'imminent extinction'

2016-05-06 20:20

The Saharan Addax antelope has been pushed to the brink of extinction by poaching and loss of habitat to the oil industry, the international organisation that tracks threatened species says.

Turtles are key to Kenya ecology

2016-03-02 21:15

Turtles are a key scorecard on how Kenya is doing as it strives to strike a balance between developing its coastline for a billion-dollar tourism industry and preserving the environment that attracts those visitors.

Half of Africa's vultures flying towards extinction

2015-10-29 12:50

Africa's vultures are increasingly the victims of poisoning and poachers, leaving around half the continent's 11 vulture species critically endangered, a top conservation body has warned.

Pakistan customs bag tons of turtle meat

2015-03-06 16:33

Pakistani authorities have seized nearly two tons of freshwater turtle meat - a record haul taken from more than 4 000 animals.

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.


It's a boy! Orangutan born at National Zoo, 1st in 25 years

2016-09-15 11:14

National Zoo officials are celebrating the birth of a Bornean orangutan, the first at the zoo in 25 years

Five facts about China's panda conservation programme

2016-09-06 22:09

Decades of conservation work in China have paid off for the giant panda, whose status was upgraded from "endangered" to "vulnerable" due to a population rebound.

'We are making the oceans sick'

2016-09-06 14:41

Global warming is making the oceans sicker than ever before, spreading disease among animals and humans and threatening food security across the planet, a major scientific report says.

Japan hatches penguin chicks using artificial insemination

2016-05-25 19:00

A Japanese aquarium has hatched two Humboldt penguin chicks after using artificial insemination, the first time the technique has been successfully deployed for the vulnerable species.

Cambodia rescues tortoises, pythons

2016-03-29 20:44

Cambodian authorities rescued more than half a ton of live tortoises and pythons stolen by smugglers.

Climate change could slash polar bear numbers

2015-11-19 21:41

Polar bears could see their numbers dwindle by nearly a third by mid-century due to climate change.

France to return 150 Madagascar tortoises

2015-08-18 18:27

Around 150 endangered baby tortoises will return to Madagascar eight months after they were found wrapped in sticky tape and hidden in a crate at a Paris airport.

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.

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