ARTICLES RELATING TO CONSERVATION

Emergency meeting held to save rhino in Kenya

2015-01-28 15:51

Conservationists and scientists have held talks in Kenya this week to come up with a last ditch plan to save the northern white rhinoceros from extinction.

Namibia to beef up rhino, elephant protection

2015-01-27 05:00

The Namibian government will beef up protection for rhino and elephants and tighten laws to curb increased poaching, which suddenly surged last year, it says.

SA moves rhino abroad for safe keeping

2015-01-22 15:40

Officials have moved around 100 rhino to unspecified neighbouring countries as part of efforts to stem the illicit slaughter of the animals for their horns.

Endangered Puerto Rican parrots released into wild

2015-01-22 09:10

Scientists in Puerto Rico have reintroduced 15 endangered Puerto Rican parrots into the wild as part of a conservation programme.

India's tiger population jumps

2015-01-20 17:39

India, home to most of the world's wild tigers, has reported a jump in the animal's numbers.

Namibian minister warns poachers

2015-01-16 07:40

In the wake of a surge in rhino and elephant poaching incidents in Namibia, the environment minister is putting out a daily message on national television that poachers will be jailed.

Irate farmers call for 2 elephants to be killed

2015-01-13 12:01

Farmers in the Lephalale area are calling for two bull elephants to be killed after they crossed the border from Botswana into South Africa.

Swedish court stops hotly disputed wolf hunt

2015-01-09 14:51

A Swedish court has pulled the plug on a wolf hunt, favouring animal rights activists in one of the country's most hotly disputed environmental issues.

Breakthrough for California's climate-friendly bullet train

2015-01-07 14:12

California has broken ground on its $68bn high-speed rail system, promising to combat global warming while whisking travellers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours.

Japan's harpoonless whalers heading for Antarctic

2015-01-06 14:05

Japanese whalers will set out for the Antarctic this week, but will leave their harpoons at home after the UN’s top court last year ruled their annual hunt was illegal, the government says.

3 rhino poaching syndicate accused get bail

2014-12-30 11:34

Three of the 10 alleged members of a rhino poaching syndicate accused of killing 22 rhino over several years have been granted bail in the North Gauteng High Court.

Wild animals threatening Botswana's farms

2014-12-28 13:19

As roaming animals destroy crops and damage property, frustrated locals wonder: does Botswana's government value the animal kingdom more than its citizens?

Illegal wild cat trade thriving in China

2014-12-22 17:22

The illegal trade in tiger and other wild cat parts from Myanmar into China has grown, a survey says, while the same trade into Thailand has diminished.

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.

 

Monarch butterflies rebound in Mexico

2015-01-27 20:55

Monarch butterflies numbers recovered this year in Mexico, but are still dangerously low.

2014 rhino toll 1 215

2015-01-22 20:41

The annual number of rhino poached rose to 1 215 last year, prompting the World Wide Fund for Nature to call for strategic action.

Pangolin poachers caught in Zim

2015-01-22 10:29

Police in Zimbabwe have arrested five pangolin poachers in two separate incidents.

Businesses save Kalahari elephant

2015-01-22 05:00

Local business people in Namibia have stepped in to save an elephant bull roaming commercial farms that had been branded a problem animal.

Multiple dangers threaten the Okavango Delta

2015-01-20 12:10

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is one of Africa's natural wonders, but the new Unesco World Heritage Site is facing a multitude of threats, which could lead to its ecological collapse.

EU bans sea bass trawling

2015-01-19 20:44

The EU says it will ban open water trawling of sea bass during the spawning season.

Hwange ellies doing well

2015-01-13 20:05

The number of elephants in Zimbabwe's flagship Hwange National Park has increased and could be as high as 50 000.

Eucalyptus study could be the key to koala survival

2015-01-12 12:29

Studying eucalyptus leaves could hold the key to understanding why the existence of the iconic koala is under threat and also help secure its future, says a Danish-based researcher.

Conservation outrage as Zim exports elephants to China

2015-01-08 12:14

Zimbabwe is set to export at least 62 baby elephants to China, the United Arab Emirates and France, in a move that has sparked conservation outrage.

Jolie, Pitt donate cheetah enclosure in Namibia

2015-01-07 13:09

American film stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have continued supporting a Namibian private wildlife sanctuary with a new enclosure for endangered cheetah the latest donation, the sanctuary says.

2 suspected rhino poachers shot dead in Kruger Park

2015-01-05 13:12

Two suspected rhino poachers have been shot dead after they opened fire on rangers in the Kruger National Park.

More rhino poached in Namibia

2014-12-29 20:37

A black rhino and her calf have been killed by poachers in the remote Damaraland area of north-western Namibia, bringing the number of rhino poached this year to 24.

Mexico may ban nets to save porpoise

2014-12-25 10:02

Mexican authorities are proposing a $37m plan to ban gillnet fishing in most of the upper Sea of Cortez to save the critically endangered vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise.

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.

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