Rights groups criticise use of dog skin in China

2014-12-17 15:50

Dog skin produced by Chinese factories is used to make gloves, shoes and other products destined for export, an animal rights group has said.

Rare white rhino dies, leaving only 5 on earth

2014-12-16 05:10

One of only six northern white rhino left on earth has died at a San Diego Zoo, bringing the species closer to extinction, zoo officials say.

Kenya's 'Maasai Olympics' help endangered lions

2014-12-15 12:27

Traditional lion hunters in Kenya are testing their skills in a special 'Maasai Olympics', organised to save the increasingly endangered animals.

Kangaroos' eating habits creating havoc for snakes, lizards

2014-12-12 16:05

Kangaroos are eating up grassland in Canberra, Australia's capital, threatening the survival of lizards, says a university study released Friday.

Jaguar cub stolen from Bloem Zoo

2014-12-12 10:36

A jaguar cub was stolen from the Bloemfontein Zoo and allegedly used for muthi purposes, Free State police have said.

Baby elephants die in Zim, meat shared

2014-12-09 14:19

One of a group of baby elephants captured in western Hwange for possible export to the UAE as died, a conservation group in Zimbabwe says.

Hippo kills Limpopo man

2014-12-09 11:05

A man has died form his injuries after initially surviving a brutal attack from a hippopotamus.

Man convicted of assaulting goats

2014-12-08 21:56

An Mpumalanga man found guilty of beating two goats on separate occasions has been given a suspended fine by the Tonga Magistrate's Court.

6 sperm whales die in rare mass beaching in Aus

2014-12-08 10:12

A pod of sic sperm whales have washed up dead in a rare mass stranding on the South Australian coast, with animal welfare officials struggling over the logistics of handling the huge carcasses.

Dead wild cat: I thought it was a stuffed animal

2014-12-05 11:17

A News24 user says that the dead wild cat found in Johannesburg first appeared to be a giant stuffed animal, before it emerged that the discovery was far more gruesome.

Chimps have no human rights - NY court

2014-12-04 21:26

In the first case of its kind, a New York appeals court has rejected an animal rights advocate's bid to extend 'legal personhood' to chimpanzees.

Escaped horse causes chaos in rush hour Vienna

2014-12-04 17:15

A runaway horse sparked mayhem in rush hour traffic in Vienna, galloping along a busy road pursued by nine police cars and the animal's distraught owner, police say.

Idaho seeks missing cows amid rise in cattle rustling

2014-12-04 12:22

More than 130 cows and calves have been reported missing in Idaho this week in what may be tied to a resurgence in cattle rustling amid a sharp increase in beef prices, state livestock officials say.

Cat survives 8 000km trip in moving box with no food

2014-12-03 20:14

A cat has used up at least one of its nine lives after surviving a monthlong trip in a moving box with no food or water.

Python on the loose in Cambodian capital

2014-12-01 13:17

A python escaped from the house of a government official and is on the loose in the Cambodian capital, a local newspaper reports.

Mass animal sacrifice provokes protests in India

2014-11-28 16:07

The Gadhimai festival in the town of Bariyarpur is held every five years, and protestors have been attending the last three times in the hope that one of its central rituals, animal sacrifice will be abolished.

Obama pardons 2 turkeys for thanksgiving

2014-11-27 12:29

It is an odd tradition, to be sure. Every year, on the eve of Thanksgiving, the president of the United States 'pardons' a turkey at the White House.

Tracker dog hunts poachers from chopper

2014-11-26 20:46

A German shepherd called Alpha has been trained to catch rhino poachers by jumping from helicopters.

Beloved macaws bring harmony to Caracas' chaos

2014-11-26 12:56

In one of the world's most-hostile urban jungles, the spectacle of rainbow-coloured tropical birds streaking across the sky has become a natural respite from rampant crime and choking pollution.

Scientific reasons why cats rule, dogs drool

2014-11-25 08:22

Popular web videos showing that 'cats rule and dogs drool' have new scientific evidence to support that felinophilic sentiment, at least when it comes to drinking.

Refuge for smuggled monkeys in Chile

2014-11-24 08:50

Elba Munoz was working as a midwife when she took in her first monkey in 1994. Then she took in another and another, and now her shelter for illegally smuggled primates in Chile has 160 inhabitants.

Police seize 1 000 stuffed turtles in Vietnam

2014-11-21 17:02

Police in southern Vietnam have seized more than 1 000 stuffed sea turtles which were found in two warehouses belonging to an illegal taxidermy business, a report says.

2 endangered elephants found dead in Indonesia

2014-11-21 05:15

Two endangered Sumatran elephants have been found dead in western Indonesia and authorities believe they were killed by poachers.

Polar bear numbers down 40% in Arctic

2014-11-19 12:02

Polar bears in the Arctic suffered sharp declines in the first decade of this century, losing about 40% of their population, according to US and Canadian scientists.


Study: How humans tamed wild horses

2014-12-16 10:32

Humans tamed horses some 5 500 years ago, and an international study of ancient and modern horse genes has shed light on the traits people saw as valuable, including speed, vigor and learning ability.

Trophy hunters, San unite against Botswana hunting ban

2014-12-15 20:11

A pro-hunting lobby that includes trophy hunters and San has slammed the Botswana government's plan to ban hunting.

Oldest known croc turns 114 in KZN

2014-12-15 08:53

Henry, the Nile crocodile, is turning 114 and is the oldest known crocodile in captivity, residing at the Crocworld Conservation Centre in Scottburgh, KwaZulu-Natal.

Joy as panda mom reunites with cubs

2014-12-12 12:51

A Giant panda in China has been reunited with her triplets after they were taken away in order to be treated.

Northern white rhino will die unless science can help

2014-12-10 14:54

The keepers of three of the last six northern white rhino on Earth say it is highly unlikely the three will ever reproduce naturally.

Limpopo man dies after vicious hippo attack

2014-12-09 11:26

A Limpopo man has died following an attack by a hippo, the provincial health department says.

Prince William condemns wildlife trafficking

2014-12-09 10:28

Prince William has sharply denounced the rapid growth of illegal wildlife trading worldwide and announced a task force to examine the transportation industry's role in such crimes.

Man survives lion attack at Barcelona Zoo

2014-12-08 11:57

Officials in Spain say a man has been rescued from the lions' enclosure at Barcelona Zoo after being seriously mauled by three lions.

Large wild cat found stabbed to death in Joburg CBD

2014-12-05 09:50

A large wild cat has been found stabbed to death in Johannesburg central, metro police say.

Horses trot into hospital: It's therapy, no joke

2014-12-04 20:19

Two miniature horses trotting down the long corridors paediatric unit at Chicago's Rush University Medical Centre, have made doctors and patients do a double take.

Woman wrestles 4m python trying to rescue puppy

2014-12-04 14:36

A woman in Australia rushed into her back garden when she heard her fox terrier puppy yelping in terror, to find a 4.2m scrub python coiling itself around the little dog.

US bans 'unethical' coyote hunts

2014-12-04 09:55

California wildlife officials have banned coyote hunting contests that offer cash and other prizes to hunters who killed the most animals.

Stolen huskies reunited with owner

2014-12-01 16:21

Three of five huskies stolen from a Pretoria man by women posing as SPCA inspectors have been reunited with him.

Wild cat on the loose in Pretoria

2014-12-01 10:22

A serval has escaped from the Rietvlei Nature Reserve near Pretoria, community watch group eBlockwatch says.

Prayers as lioness attacks car

2014-11-28 11:38

As fear struck three KwaZulu-Natal holidaymakers in a car being chased by a pride of lions, they burst into prayer believing their lives were in imminent danger.

Rare white lion cub born at Omaha zoo

2014-11-27 10:00

A rare white lion cub has been born at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, zoo officials say.

Mandela estate commits to cattle care

2014-11-26 16:54

Family of the late president Nelson Mandela have undertaken to ensure the welfare of cattle at his Qunu homestead in the Eastern Cape, the NSPCA says.

Woman finds pet dog lost after Philippines typhoon

2014-11-25 13:29

A Filipino woman has been reunited with her dog a year after the pet went missing in the chaos of the country's deadliest ever typhoon, she told AFP.

Snake training for CT landfill staff

2014-11-24 10:07

Training in snake identification and first aid for snake bites has been offered to City of Cape Town staff working at landfill sites.

Giraffes on a plane? Most Wanted list released

2014-11-21 22:16

Have you seen a man who loaded live giraffes into a Tanzanian military plane for delivery to Qatar? If so Interpol would like to speak with you.

Kenya's iconic Nairobi national park under threat

2014-11-21 10:53

Flanked by one of the continents fastest growing cities, Kenya's capital Nairobi, east Africa's oldest national park is under threat

Wildlife 'devastated in South Sudan war'

2014-11-19 13:15

Warring factions in South Sudan have slaughtered, poached and eaten “alarming” numbers of endangered wildlife, devastating one of Africa's largest migrations, conservationists say.

Baby giraffe steps out at Santa Barbara Zoo

2014-11-19 12:02

The public is getting its first glimpse of a baby giraffe born last week at the Santa Barbara Zoo, a report says.

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