Gabon poachers decimate pangolin

2014-08-19 19:56

The scaly-skinned pangolin is under threat in Gabon as demand for the small mammal surges in Asia, where it is used in traditional medicine.

Nicaragua turtles lay eggs under army guard

2014-08-19 14:21

Some 2 500 endangered sea turtles have made their annual descent on Nicaragua's Pacific coast to nest, protected by soldiers deployed to stop locals from stealing their eggs.

US national parks ban drones to protect wildlife

2014-08-19 08:30

Drones are now off limits in two national parks in Utah. Officials in the Arches and Canyonlands national parks say the unmanned aircrafts disrupt the wildlife.

Alabama hunters haul in 450kg alligator

2014-08-18 16:53

A group of Alabama hunters are celebrating the catch of a lifetime: A 4.5m long alligator weighing more than 450kg.

Researchers sniff out secret to elephants’ smelling

2014-08-18 13:11

Elephants have the best sense of smell on Earth, according to a new study.The scientists have found that elephant trunks contain more olfactory receptors genes than other single species.

New study explores sinister side of meerkats

2014-08-15 15:15

Meerkats may look cute, but they can be very, very harsh. A new study explores their ruthless side.

Mom, son find wooly mammoth tusks 22 years apart

2014-08-14 20:34

A mother and son have found wooly mammoth tusks in the same western Alaska river location 22 years apart.

Africa's last polar bear dies

2014-08-13 14:26

Africa's last polar bear has died, the Johannesburg Zoo says. Wang the bear had to be put down by chief veterinarian Dr Brett Gardener due to liver and heart failure.

Giant panda may be pregnant at Edinburgh Zoo

2014-08-12 19:57

Officials at a Scottish zoo say they believe a female giant panda is finally pregnant after months of anticipation.

Have you ever seen flare-horned markhors?

2014-08-12 13:15

The Wildlife Conservation Society has introduced a herd of endangered flare-horned markhor to its Wild Asia exhibit at the Bronx Zoo.

Meet world's 'first' surviving panda triplets

2014-08-12 09:23

A Chinese zoo has unveiled newborn panda triplets billed as the world's first known surviving trio, in what it hailed as a 'miracle' given the animal's low reproductive rate.

US cave unearths a treasure trove of animals

2014-08-11 13:45

Scientists excavating a sinkhole containing a trove of fossils of Ice Age mammals have unearthed hundreds of bones, including prehistoric animals such as the American cheetah.

India stray dogs to be part of security squad

2014-08-11 07:55

Stray canines roaming the India may soon find themselves attending police training school with civic authorities planning to turn the animals into security dogs, reports say.

Russian bear grumbles

2014-08-08 22:47

Russia's drastic ban on food imports from Europe has claimed it first victims - the rather choosy animals at Moscow zoo.

Fowl play: Neanderthals were first bird eaters

2014-08-08 14:00

Neanderthals may have caught, butchered and cooked wild pigeons long before modern humans became regular consumers of bird meat, a study reveals.

Food sanctions hit Moscow zoo

2014-08-08 12:04

Russia's drastic ban on food imports from Europe has claimed it first victims, the rather choosy animals at Moscow zoo.

5K Chinese workers in Kenya a threat to wildlife

2014-08-08 08:03

A Kenyan consumer lobby group says that 5 000 Chinese nationals who are coming to Kenya for the construction of a railway line pose a threat to the country's elephants.

Another Komodo dies at Indonesian 'death zoo'

2014-08-07 14:56

A Komodo dragon has been found dead at an Indonesian zoo infamous for hundreds of animal deaths, the third of the giant lizards to perish there this year, a zoo official says

Reward offered for man shown kicking squirrel

2014-08-07 09:49

An animal rights group has offered a reward of nearly $17 000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man who apparently kicked a squirrel into Arizona's Grand Canyon.

Charges laid against two at Modise farm

2014-08-06 15:13

Charges of intimidation, assault, and kidnapping have been laid against two people at the North West farm of National Council of Provinces chairperson Thandi Modise.

100kg bear escapes zoo

2014-08-06 11:35

A 100kg black bear who managed to climb out of a Texas zoo exhibit took a dip in a pond with some harbour seals before staffers tranquilised him.

Jozi zoo blasted 'unethical' as animals die

2014-08-06 08:16

Animal welfare campaigners have criticised two international zoos after eight antelopes shipped from Prague to Johannesburg had to be put down after being confined without water for days.

Antelope in blood spattered crates euthanised

2014-08-05 21:02

An illegal shipment of antelope headed to the Johannesburg Zoo and a private individual have been euthanised after being found dehydrated and their crates spattered with blood.

Botswana is a rare refuge for elephants

2014-08-04 21:38

Elephants thrive in Botswana, a rare bright spot on a continent hit hard by ivory poaching.


Suspected dog smugglers released on bail

2014-08-19 19:52

Two Angolan men suspected of smuggling dogs have been released on bail of R5 000 each by the Springbok Magistrate's Court.

Gaza zoo monkeys killed in Israeli strikes

2014-08-19 11:29

A zoo in northern Gaza is suffering collateral damage after Israeli strikes left several monkeys dead, with many of the surviving animals facing starvation.

Elephant killings in Africa outpace births: study

2014-08-18 23:33

More elephants in Africa are being killed by poachers than are born each year, and the problem may be worse than previously understood, according to the most detailed assessment yet.

Endangered tortoises get sterilised

2014-08-18 14:35

The federal government is taking the unusual step of beginning to sterilise an endangered species it is trying to save.

Indian poachers threaten lesser-known animals

2014-08-18 09:44

Indian wildlife poachers have begun to think smaller. And activists say the country's lesser-known species are vanishing from the wild as a result.

Penguin habitats at risk

2014-08-15 08:18

A study has found that penguins' existence is affected by habitat loss, pollution and fishing and more marine protected areas need to be established, the environmental affairs department says.

Is greyhound racing coming back to SA?

2014-08-14 13:55

Animal welfare groups have accused government ministers of having “dollar signs in their eyes” after putting greyhound racing back on the agenda.

‘Sky-rocketing’ tiger trade blamed on Asian wealth

2014-08-13 11:47

A leading conservationist warns that the illegal trade in tiger parts for medicinal purposes is increasing, despite improved efforts to save the world's largest cat.

Estate being investigated over giraffes death

2014-08-12 13:53

An estate near Alberton is being investigated over whether it had the correct permits to bring in and keep giraffes, the Gauteng agriculture department says..

Serial cat killer finally caught

2014-08-12 10:44

The evidence is circumstantial but the case looks strong. Multiple cats missing without a trace, a freshly killed body, and one well-fed, 54kg Burmese python lurking in the Florida underbrush.

2m penguin fossil found in Antarctica

2014-08-11 11:01

Argentine palaeontologists have uncovered the largest penguin fossils ever found. Discovered on the Antarctic Peninsula, the bird, dubbed 'Colossus', would have stood two metres tall.

Forests for the future: Kenya's carbon credit scheme

2014-08-10 21:52

When 61-year old Mercy Joshua was young, the vast forests of southeastern Kenya teemed with wildlife, but decades of unchecked deforestation by locals have devastated the land.

Meet Telegraph the 'zonkey' born at a Crimean zoo

2014-08-08 14:43

A zoo in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea has welcomed its latest arrival, a 'zebroid', or 'zonkey', which was born after a lonesome zebra got intimate with a donkey.

Alberton dogs to be euthanised after deadly distemper outbreak

2014-08-08 12:12

A number of infected dogs at the Alberton SPCA are to be euthanised after the centre was placed under quarantine after a distemper outbreak, the National Council of SPCAs said on Thursday.

India's monkey men keep naughty macaques at bay

2014-08-08 09:12

The Indian government has hired 40 'monkey wallahs', an Indian term that roughly translates as monkey men, who mimic the aggressive sounds of monkeys who wreck havoc on the local environment.

SPCA to euthanise dogs after distemper outbreak

2014-08-07 20:47

A number of infected dogs at the Alberton SPCA are to be euthanised after the centre was placed under quarantine after a distemper outbreak.

Petition: Strapping iPads to tortoises is cruel

2014-08-07 11:07

Online petitioners ask Aspen Art Museum to cancel exhibit featuring iPads mounted on tortoises

US anti-drug efforts in Africa used to protect wildlife

2014-08-06 14:40

The US hopes to expand a two-year-old effort against organised crime in West Africa to include wildlife trafficking and money laundering, activities that exploit the same networks used for drug trafficking.

Giant crocodile attacks shark, and wins

2014-08-06 09:56

Tourists in northern Australia have been left stunned by two fierce animals going head-to-head, a massive saltwater crocodile wrestling with a bull shark in its jaws.

Stampeding buffalo killed in Zambia

2014-08-05 22:53

At least 52 Cape buffalo in a herd crossing a river in Zambia's largest game reserve have been killed in a stampede.

Mexico fines circus over bear's missing jaw

2014-08-05 11:41

Mexican authorities imposed a $53 000 fine on a circus that featured a black bear whose lower jaw had been removed and a lion and three spider monkeys without claws and fangs.

Big tortoise found strolling in LA suburb

2014-08-03 22:19

Police in Los Angeles have found a giant tortoise out for stroll in a Los Angeles suburb, and are attempting to find its owner.

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