Nations to decide on South Atlantic whale sanctuary

2014-09-16 17:24

International Whaling Commission members have been debating a fresh attempt to create a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic, an idea thwarted by pro-hunting nations for years.

Wildlife experts work to keep baby opossums alive

2014-09-15 08:59

Wildlife rehabilitation experts are working to keep two baby opossums alive after the mother was apparently beaten to death with a sharp rock.

Fifty dead cats found in freezers

2014-09-11 21:17

Police in Florida have found 50 dead cats in the freezer of a man charged with child porn.

Man fined R10 000 for animal abuse

2014-09-11 17:41

A man has been found guilty in the Vryheid Magistrates Court on charges of animal cruelty, and sentenced to 12 months imprisonment or a fine of R10 000.

Gibbons are last ape to have genome revealed

2014-09-10 21:10

Gibbons - the small, long-armed tree swingers that inhabit the dense tropical forests of Southeast Asia - have become the last of the planet's apes to have their genetic secrets revealed.

Dog shot dead in Cape Town family's yard

2014-09-10 13:18

A Cape Town family has been left traumatised after their dog was shot dead in their yard at the weekend. The dog was shot straight in the heart.


21 adorable celeb pets

2014-09-09 08:35

See who your fave celebs keep as their furry companions.

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Animal fur may lower asthma risk

2014-09-08 15:59

Contact with natural microbes from animal fur may offer protection and lower the risk of asthma in babies.

Japan starts Pacific 'research' whaling

2014-09-08 08:06

A fleet of four Japanese ships have left the northern main island of Hokkaido to start the seasonal "research" whaling hunt in Pacific coastal waters, local media says.

Cape's first vulture breeding project launched

2014-09-06 08:30

Eagle encounters bird rehabilitation centre has launched the Western Cape’s first vulture captive breeding programme, as the world marks International Vulture Awareness Day.

Last of his kind tortoise goes on display

2014-09-05 08:29

The remains of "Lonesome George", the last of a subspecies of Galapagos Islands tortoise, will go on display at the Museum of Natural History in New York this month, Ecuador says.

Mexico sees 1st artificial insemination wolf pups

2014-09-04 08:37

Mexico officials have presented the first litter of Mexican gray wolf pups conceived in the country by artificial insemination.

Trapped, then poisoned: Kabul's ruthless dog cull

2014-09-03 08:59

About 17 600 dogs have been poisoned by municipal workers in Kabul in an effort to protect residents from disease and to control the rocketing population of canines that roam the city.

Zoo looking into sitatunga debacle

2014-09-01 19:03

The Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo is investigating how eight sitatunga antelope were brought to South Africa from a zoo in the Czech Republic.

Scandal: A panda that faked her pregnancy

2014-08-29 14:04

Faking ones pregnancy could easily be described on a soap opera or some cheesy movie. But a giant panda at the Chengdu Giant Panda in China faked her own pregnancy to get special treatment.

Zebras on the loose in Hammanskraal

2014-08-28 22:56

The NSPCA is searching for two zebras near Hammanskraal, Pretoria, after they were spotted along the N1.

Watch 2 elephants dance to violin music

2014-08-28 14:20

If you ever thought that elephants were just big dopes, think again. Watch these two elephants sway and move to music played by a young woman on a violin.

Just like us wolves yawn contagiously too

2014-08-28 10:01

Contagious yawning is a behaviour shared by chimpanzees, baboons, dogs and humans, and researchers say that wolves can do it too, suggesting that empathy among animals is a common trait.

KZN residents 'hacking' whale for meat

2014-08-27 19:03

Residents of the South Coast in KwaZulu-Natal have been hacking parts of a humpback whale which washed up on the beach.

Mexican wolves back in wild after 30-years

2014-08-27 14:02

Wild Mexican wolf pups have return to Mexico's Sierra Madre after a 30-year absence as conservationists try to save the species which was driven to near extinction.

'Sheepdog mystery' solved at last

2014-08-27 08:23

The sheepdog mystery has niggled mathematical minds for years. How does a single dog get so many sheep to move so efficiently in the same direction? Finally the answer has been revealed.

Man trampled to death by elephant

2014-08-25 20:34

A man is believed to have been trampled to death by an elephant in the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site in Limpopo.

Wildlife 'WikiLeaks' targets Africa poaching elite

2014-08-25 11:53

Poachers slaughtering Africa's wildlife with impunity are often shielded from police by connections, but a group of conservationists have turned to the anonymity of tip-offs to try to stem the killing.


Snake threatens to wipe out birds on island

2014-09-16 13:57

A snake that can wipe out bird populations and short out electrical grids by climbing power poles has been found in Rota on the Northern Mariana Islands.

8 simple rules for keeping kids safe around dogs

2014-09-14 21:00

Teach your children these simple tricks for staying safe around dogs.

Drivers deliberately 'roadkill' animals - EWT

2014-09-12 13:05

An Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) study has revealed that some drivers deliberately swerve to hit animals.

Fury as mother bear killed in Italian Alps

2014-09-11 20:17

One of the handful of brown bears living in the Italian Alps has died after being tranquilised for capture in an operation ordered after she mauled a mushroom hunter.

Mexico 'water monster' salamander battles extinction

2014-09-11 10:35

Dubbed the "water monster" by the Aztecs, the axolotl salamander is battling extinction in the remnants of Mexico City's ancient lake, alarming scientists hoping mankind learns from its ability to regenerate organs.

Half of US birds in peril from climate change

2014-09-10 14:26

Iconic North American birds like the Bald Eagle and Brown Pelican are among hundreds of mankind's feathered friends facing threats to their survival due to climate change, researchers say.

Co-founder of elephant care centre killed

2014-09-10 10:28

A veterinarian and co-founder of Hope Elephants, which cares for retired circus elephants, has been killed when one of the animals stepped on him.

2 rare Indonesian elephants killed for their tusks

2014-09-08 20:31

Two critically-endangered Sumatran elephants have been found dead in Indonesia's Aceh province with their tusks missing, police say.

SA game breeding rebuilds rare animal stocks

2014-09-08 10:37

The success of private game breeding has highlighted the industry’s ability to rebuild populations of animals, after a showcase of high quality animals at the Stud Game Breeders auction held in Limpopo.

Kangaroos abound but fears for smaller cousins: WWF

2014-09-06 10:53

Australia's big kangaroos are thriving, but wildlife campaigners hold fears for their smaller cousins, including the little-known bettong and the rock wallaby, WWF Australia has warned.

Village on high alert as pet cobra goes missing

2014-09-06 07:17

Residents of a Dutch village are treading carefully after learning that a highly poisonous cobra may be slithering around in their neighbourhood.

Joburg woman throws puppy over spiked fence

2014-09-04 19:35

A woman has been arrested for allegedly throwing a puppy over a spiked fence in Daveyton on the East Rand, Ekurhuleni metro police say.

PETA ups reward for ID of man who kicked squirrel into Grand Canyon

2014-09-03 21:13

The animal rights group PETA has increased its reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man filmed kicking a squirrel into the Grand Canyon.

Tiger dies after rescue from Indonesian 'death zoo'

2014-09-02 14:54

An emaciated Sumatran tiger, whose plight highlighted horrific conditions at an Indonesian zoo, has died, a year after being rescued from the centre where hundreds of animals have perished, an official says.

Matrics used chickens as rugby balls - witness

2014-08-29 19:17

The SPCA has visited Mondeor High School after reports of two chickens being kicked to death by five matric pupils at the school.

Singaporeans go barking mad over bid to silence dogs

2014-08-29 13:08

A suggestion by Singapore's public housing authority that owners of noisy dogs consider 'debarking' their pets has raised animal lovers' hackles and prompted much ridicule on social media.

Indian court orders DNA tests to settle cow dispute

2014-08-28 19:36

A court in India's southern state of Kerala has settled a legal dispute between two women over the ownership of a cow after conducting DNA tests, a news report says.

Walking African fish reveals how our ancestors evolved

2014-08-28 11:53

Experiments on an African fish have shown what might have happened when the first fish ‘walked’ out of water, an evolutionary step that gave rise to today’s tetrapods – amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. [VIDEO]

Zambia lifts ban on safari hunting

2014-08-27 19:07

Zambia has lifted a 20-month ban on safari hunting because it has lost too much revenue, but lions and leopards will remain protected.

3 playful lion cubs debut at Johannesburg Zoo

2014-08-27 16:53

Three lion cubs have made their debut, pouncing their way into a large enclosure at the Johannesburg Zoo.

Aussie sheep with 25kg coat may be world's woolliest

2014-08-27 12:43

Two Australian farmers say that they may have found the world's woolliest sheep, whose estimated 25kg coat, if confirmed, could shatter the world record currently held by neighbouring New Zealand.

Man killed by elephant may have been cigarette smuggler

2014-08-26 12:47

A man trampled to death by an elephant in Mapungubwe National Park in Limpopo may have been part of an illegal cigarette smuggling syndicate, according to a report.

Tiger attack not that bad - circus

2014-08-25 15:22

The attack by a tiger on a circus cleaner over the weekend was not as bad as people are making out, according to the owner of the circus.

Birthday bash for US national zoo panda cub

2014-08-23 22:09

A rambunctious panda bear cub has celebrated a rare first birthday with a special cake and traditional Chinese gifts at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, zoo officials say.

Dozens of animals poisoned in game park

2014-08-23 08:05

Wildlife authorities say they have found dozens of dead jackals at Addo Elephant National Park in the country's "worst" ever incident of poisoning.

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