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Could a test tube rhino be a solution to poaching?

2014-12-19 10:57

Experts from around the world are using science and a test tube in a last-ditch attempt to save a near-extinct species of rhinoceros in Los Angeles, US.

Activists confront Antarctic poaching vessel

2014-12-18 10:23

Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd says it confronted a ship known for poaching Patagonian toothfish in the Antarctic, as part of its efforts to target illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean.

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.

Bangladeshis use sponges to clean oil spill

2014-12-12 17:35

Bangladeshi villagers using sponges, shovels and even spoons have worked to clean up a huge oil spill in a protected area that is home to rare dolphins.

Humpback whales increasing in waters near NYC

2014-12-10 18:25

Humpback whales, the gigantic, endangered mammals known for their haunting underwater songs, have been approaching New York City in greater numbers than even old salts can remember.

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.

Elephant slaughter, ivory sales 'out of control'

2014-12-09 13:27

The slaughter of Africa's elephants and the illegal trade in ivory in China is 'out of control', conservationists say, with wild elephants potentially disappearing within a generation.

Namibia must try harder to stop poaching

2014-12-05 05:20

Poaching threatens Namibia's achievements in sustainable tourism and conservation.

Vulture feet judgment expected

2014-12-01 21:06

The Constitutional Court is expected to rule in an application to confirm the validity of a high court ruling that sections of an environmental decree pertaining to the former Transkei are constitutionally invalid.

Opposing Japan's whaling programme is 'eco-imperialism'

2014-11-26 15:35

Opposition to Japan’s whaling programme is a kind of “eco-imperialism” that imposes one value system on another and is based on emotion, not science, Japan's top whaling official says.

Vietnam seizes 1 000 dead endangered sea turtles

2014-11-25 17:23

Vietnam's environmental police have seized a record haul of over 1 000 endangered sea turtles which were being prepared for illegal export to China, an official says.

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

WWF releases 11 000 sturgeons to restock Danube

2014-11-19 20:54

WWF has released 11 000 threatened sturgeons in the Danube river to restock Europe's last wild sturgeon populations, the conservationist group says.

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.

Japan cuts whale catch target by two-thirds

2014-11-18 08:48

Japan says that it would slash the number of whales it catches in the Southern Ocean, amid international criticism of its whaling programme.

Ton of ivory stolen in Uganda

2014-11-17 17:42

Over a ton of elephant ivory has been seized from poachers in Uganda and worth over a million dollars has itself been stolen from government strongrooms.

Nature reserves on the rise but funds lacking: UN

2014-11-13 16:06

Vast areas of land and sea have become environmental sanctuaries in recent years but the world is not funding them adequately, the United Nations warns.

Rhino protectors become killers - court

2014-11-12 19:52

Three police constables and an ex-corporal field ranger implicated in rhino poaching have appeared in the Nelspruit Regional Court.

UN gives 31 new species protection

2014-11-10 12:07

Polar bears, whales and sharks were among 31 new species granted new protection status by the UN conservation body, following six days of 'intense' talks by leading conservationists.

Plans for Antarctic marine reserves fail again

2014-10-31 18:25

Two marine reserves proposed for Antarctica have failed to win approval at international talks in Australia.

US to monitor turtle exports

2014-10-31 12:06

The US is set to monitor turtle exports amid serious threats facing native species from the booming international turtle trade, federal scientists say.

Skin-eating fungus imperils world's salamanders

2014-10-31 07:53

A skin-eating fungus in Europe is threatening to inflict massive losses on the continent's native salamanders, scientists say.

Plans for Antarctic marine reserve falter again

2014-10-30 10:26

A plan to protect a vast swathe of ocean off Antarctica's coast by creating the world's largest marine reserve appears to be headed for failure for a fourth time.

Anti-poaching scores big in Dutch, Swedish lottos

2014-10-29 19:10

Dutch and Swedish lotteries have given anti-poaching efforts in Limpopo game parks and in Mozambique a R30m boost .

 

Warming leads to more run-ins with polar bears

2014-12-19 09:12

Clashes between the world’s largest carnivore, the polar bear, and people are becoming more frequent in the Arctic as global warming increases.

Obama removes Alaskan bay from drilling

2014-12-17 08:50

President Barack Obama has announced that he's removing more than 135 000km of waters off Alaska's coast from consideration for oil and gas exploration or drilling.

India's secret garden: 18-years in the making

2014-12-14 09:09

Gardener Nek Chand recalls his 18-year labour of love in making India’s beautiful, and once secret, handmade garden.

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.

Clean-up of Israeli desert oil spill could take years

2014-12-10 16:45

Ecologists say it could take years to clean up a massive oil spill that flooded an Israeli nature reserve with up to five million litres of crude and threatened to spread to the Red Sea shore.

25% of ivory sold in China is illegal

2014-12-09 13:27

About a quarter of elephant ivory sold in retail outlets in Beijing and Shanghai is illegal, a report issued by two charities 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.

Tuna talks making slow progress

2014-12-03 18:19

Pacific island states has expressed frustration at a lack of progress in talks aimed at protecting the region's valuable tuna resources, accusing faraway fishing nations of stalling on conservation.

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.

Rare albino dolphin captured in Japan's 'Cove'

2014-11-25 20:34

A rare albino dolphin has been captured by Japanese fishermen, said a campaign group staging a protest against the sale or slaughter of the creatures.

Kruger starts moving rhino to safety

2014-11-22 08:26

SANParks has conducted about 45 rhino captures since last month as part of a plan to create a stronghold where rhino will get extra protection from poachers.

Sea Shepherd fights for Patagonian toothfish

2014-11-21 13:05

Sea Shepherd is setting out to save the Patagonian toothfish from illegal fishers after years of fighting to save whales in remote southern oceans, a media report says.

Chinook salmon run slow amid warm water

2014-11-20 08:51

The annual fall migration of Chinook salmon has been delayed by warmer water temperatures and slow-flowing streams in parts of California.

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.

Tanzania threat to evict 40 000 for hunting park

2014-11-18 23:09

Tanzania will evict thousands of members of the Maasai community from their traditional lands if it goes ahead with plans to create a hunting park.

Namibia dehorns rhino

2014-11-17 20:51

Namibian environmental authorities embarking on a de-horning exercise for black rhino have already spotted three carcasses left behind by poachers.

Lion gives birth to 3 cubs at Cincinnati Zoo

2014-11-17 13:19

An African lion named Imani has given birth to three cubs at the Cincinnati Zoo, officials say, adding she is not letting anyone near her or the cubs.

Legalising rhino horn trade may 'pull the rug out from under crime syndicates'

2014-11-13 12:52

Legalising rhino poaching may pull the rug out from under crime syndicates by forcing down the price of rhino horn and removing the incentive to poach, say environmentalists.

EU extends ban on deep-sea shark fishing

2014-11-11 13:35

EU nations have extended their ban on deep-sea shark fishing for the European fleet for at least another two years, with only Spain and Portugal voting against.

Chinese officials 'went on illegal ivory buying sprees'

2014-11-06 08:49

Chinese diplomatic and military staff went on buying sprees for illegal ivory while on official visits to Tanzania, sending prices soaring, an environmental activist group says.

Rare dwarf buffalo charges against extinction

2014-10-31 14:08

The population of the Philippines' dwarf buffalo, one of the world's rarest animals, has grown to its largest since efforts to save them from extinction began, conservationists say.

Gray wolf reported at Grand Canyon for 1st time in decades

2014-10-31 11:02

A gray wolf was recently photographed on the north rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona in what would be the first wolf sighting in the national park since the last one was killed there in the 1940s.

Refuge colonies created for bees

2014-10-30 14:42

An environmental group in Chile has started a campaign to save bees by establishing refuge reserves and promoting urban flower planting.

Thriving in Poland meet a Hucul pony

2014-10-30 08:04

At the foot of the wild Carpathian mountains in Poland near the Ukraine border, both countries are working to protect the Hucul pony, a small native horse breed that was on the brink of extinction.

Giant tortoises rally from near extinction

2014-10-29 10:32

Conservationists says they have brought giant tortoises found on the Galapagos island of Espanola back from the brink of extinction.

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