ARTICLES RELATING TO CONSERVATION

Asian stars enlisted to fight rhino poaching

2014-09-19 08:39

Increasingly desperate South African conversationists are turning to a multi-national team of "rhino ambassadors" to try to end the scourge of poaching.

One lion shot, another at large in Limpopo

2014-09-17 18:11

One of two lions on the loose has been shot in Matikiring, near Tolwe, Limpopo police say.

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.

Season's first dolphins killed in Japan

2014-09-16 08:25

The first dolphins of the season have been slaughtered in the small Japanese town of Taiji, campaigners said, commencing an annual cull repeatedly condemned by animal rights groups.

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.

New curbs on threatened shark trade

2014-09-11 17:48

Seven threatened species of shark and ray are to get greater protection, as a historic agreement aimed at safeguarding the world's oldest predator takes effect.

Mozambique cracks ivory poaching ring

2014-09-10 15:55

Wildlife campaigners in Mozambique say police have cracked an ivory poaching ring believed to be responsible for the deaths of at least 39 elephants.

Penguins hatch at Joburg zoo

2014-09-09 17:25

Four African penguins have hatched at the Johannesburg Zoo and are being raised by staff.

SA team deployed to eradicate 'aggressive' alien

2014-09-09 09:05

A South African eradication team has been deployed to Gough Island to target a seemingly modest, yet devastating invasive alien plant.

Rare Seychelles snail found alive

2014-09-08 21:27

A Seychelles snail once thought to have been among the first species to go extinct because of climate change, has reappeared in the wild.

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.

Kenya poaching crisis a national disaster

2014-09-05 21:22

Kenya's government is under renewed pressure to declare a 'national disaster' because of the rampant slaughter of elephant and rhino.

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.

Spending cuts on protected areas 'worrying'

2014-09-02 14:54

A new study has shown that protected areas are effective in the conservation of biodiversity, but the SA lead researcher has raised concerns about governmental budget cuts.

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.

Dolphin hunting season kicks off in Japan

2014-09-01 08:34

The controversial six-month dolphin hunting season has begun in the infamous town of Taiji, but bad weather would delay any killing, a local official says.

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.

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.

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.

Rhino sales bring in over R80m

2014-08-21 14:39

SA National Parks has made over R80m following the sale of 354 rhino since 2010, according to Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.

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.

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.

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.

 

No place to hide for Africa's pangolins

2014-09-17 20:02

Alongside dirt roads twisting through the dense tropical forests of Gabon, the scaly bodies of lifeless long-snouted pangolins dangle from sticks stuck in the ground by hunters.

Poachers turn to gamekeeping to guard gorillas

2014-09-17 12:08

For four decades Leonidas Barora was a renowned hunter, tracking animals in the lush forests of Rwanda - now he only fires arrows to impress tourists, and to help protect the wildlife.

Greenland gets whale hunting quota amid criticism

2014-09-16 12:19

Aboriginal Greenlanders will be allowed to kill more than 200 whales each year from 2015 to 2018 under a subsistence quota granted by the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

Environmentalists criticise reef protection plan

2014-09-15 22:05

Environmentalists criticised a new Australian government plan released to protect the Great Barrier Reef in the face of UN concerns, saying it will not do enough to halt the marine park's decline.

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.

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Hemingway grandsons push for Cuba marlin conservation

2014-09-09 06:30

Ernest Hemingway's grandsons sailed into the fishing village that inspired "The Old Man and the Sea" in a campaign to save game fish like the giant marlin that dragged the fictitious Santiago out to sea.

New plan avoids mud dumping in Barrier Reef Park

2014-09-08 14:44

The government of Australia's Queensland state have approved a plan that will prevent 3 million cubic metres of seabed mud from being dumped in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

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.

Japan seeks to resume Antarctic whaling

2014-09-04 13:46

Japan is seeking international support for its plans to hunt minke whales in the Antarctic Ocean by scaling down the whaling research programme the UN top court rejected.

Tuna stocks dangerously low - Pacific fisheries boss

2014-09-03 10:52

The outgoing head of the fisheries management body for the western and central Pacific has warned that some tuna stocks are now so low they should not be fished.

Climate study yields bad news for tiny desert fish

2014-09-02 12:57

A new study says climate change and warming waters are threatening the existence of a tiny iridescent blue fish has lived in the depths of a cavern in the desert of Nevada for 10 000 years.

Kenyan rangers on frontline of poaching war

2014-09-01 14:37

As the late afternoon sun creeps towards the horizon and shadows lengthen on the sweeping plains dotted with rocky outcrops, Ol Jogi's armed rangers get set for another tough night on patrol.

Brazil arrests 8 in Amazon deforestation swoop

2014-08-29 13:08

Brazilian police say they had made eight arrests in raids to smash a gang considered the worst perpetrators of deforestation in the Amazon region.

MPs to hold public hearings on rhino poaching

2014-08-27 14:47

Parliament's portfolio committee on environmental affairs will start public hearings on rhino poaching, in order to consult with rural communities and secure their help in fighting it.

Metering device helps shame heavy shower users

2014-08-26 08:00

A polar-bear figure that seems to melt when a bathroom user has spent too much time in the shower could help cut consumption of water and energy, researchers at Bamberg University argue.

How big is your water footprint?

2014-08-25 08:06

If you recently bought a pair of jeans or had a nice cup of coffee, you probably didn't link the touch of cotton or the aroma of the coffee to the amount of water that has been used to produce them.

New Zealand bans shark finning

2014-08-20 10:33

New Zealand is banning the practice of shark finning, a move the Pew Charitable Trusts says is welcome and will bring the country in line with other developed nations.

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.

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.

Brazil praised for saving forests

2014-08-18 11:40

Brazil has made good progress in safeguarding the Amazon rainforest but Indonesia's plans for its forests could face setbacks under a new government, a study says.

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.

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