ARTICLES RELATING TO CONSERVATION

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.

Cape Town plants are becoming extinct

2014-08-14 11:37

The Western Cape and Cape Town in particular is the plant extinction capital of the world, according to a local biodiversity and conservation expert.

DRC urged to do more to stop illegal logging

2014-08-13 10:55

The DRC takes pride in recent steps to prevent illegal logging in its vast equatorial forests, but experts argue these measures are far from enough to stop a thriving business.

Police seize R10m illegal abalone

2014-08-12 18:06

Police have shut down an illegal abalone-drying facility and seized six tons of the gourmet mollusc with an estimated street value of R10m.

Have you ever seen flare-horned markhors?

2014-08-12 13:15

The Wildlife Conservation Society has introduced a herd of endangered flare-horned markhor to its Wild Asia exhibit at the Bronx Zoo.

Drought may reverse drop in Nevada tree beetles

2014-08-11 14:33

Scientists say there's been a significant reduction in the amount of Nevada forest under assault from bark beetles and similar bugs, but they fear lingering drought will further weaken the trees.

Bird oglers asked - help study puffins

2014-08-07 07:50

Scientists want the bird-ogling public to observe puffins eating and help with research to save them.

Botswana is a rare refuge for elephants

2014-08-04 21:38

Elephants thrive in Botswana, a rare bright spot on a continent hit hard by ivory poaching.

Florida lionfish ban goes into effect

2014-08-04 12:27

Florida's ban on importing invasive lionfish, the first of its kind in the nation, has gone into effect as wildlife managers look for a way to control the spread of the fish.

China bladder trade lead porpoise to extinction

2014-08-02 14:49

An environmental panel says fewer than 100 of Mexico's vaquita marina porpoises are left and they are in imminent danger of extinction.

No walk in the park for SA's game rangers

2014-08-01 10:51

Game rangers In South Africa put their lives at risk every time they step out and respond to a poaching incidents. Many of them don't receive the recognition they deserve.

Rare Sri Lankan leopards born in French zoo

2014-07-30 15:09

Two rare Sri Lankan leopard cubs have been born in a zoo in northern France, a boost for a sub-species that numbers only about 700 in the wild, the head of the facility saY.

Japan wraps up hunt, killing 115 whales

2014-07-30 12:57

Japan has announced that it had wrapped up a whale hunt in the Pacific, the second campaign since the UN ordered Tokyo to halt a separate slaughter in the Antarctic.

Great apes face extinction - Goodall

2014-07-30 05:00

The world's great apes face extinction within decades, renowned chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall says.

Wealthy diners driving pangolin to extinction

2014-07-29 08:18

Some wild mammal species are being driven to extinction for their fur, hides, horns or tusks, but the pangolin is being eaten out of existence by wealthy humans.

Koala survives terrifying ride clinging to car

2014-07-28 12:34

Timberwolf the koala was lucky to be alive after surviving a terrifying 88km ride down an Australian freeway. The male was struck by a vehicle and latched onto the bottom of the car.

Vietnam's taste for cat leaves pets in peril

2014-07-28 07:25

The enduring popularity of 'little tiger' as a snack to accompany a beer in Vietnam means that cat owners live in constant fear of animal snatchers, despite an official ban.

'Shocking' underground water loss in US drought

2014-07-25 15:19

A major drought across the US has sapped underground water resources, posing a greater threat to the water supply than previously understood, scientists say.

 

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.

‘Sky-rocketing’ tiger trade blamed on Asian wealth

2014-08-13 11:47

A leading conservationist warns that the illegal trade in tiger parts for medicinal purposes is increasing, despite improved efforts to save the world's largest cat.

WWF welcomes rhino evacuation

2014-08-13 08:06

WWF South Africa has welcomed the announcement that rhino along the eastern boundary of the Kruger National Park would be moved to strongholds to protect them from poachers.

SA, Moz agree to cross-border hot-pursuit operations against rhino poachers

2014-08-12 16:31

Police special task force units are pursuing rhino poachers into Mozambique, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has revealed.

Meet world's 'first' surviving panda triplets

2014-08-12 09:23

A Chinese zoo has unveiled newborn panda triplets billed as the world's first known surviving trio, in what it hailed as a 'miracle' given the animal's low reproductive rate.

5K Chinese workers in Kenya a threat to wildlife

2014-08-08 08:03

A Kenyan consumer lobby group says that 5 000 Chinese nationals who are coming to Kenya for the construction of a railway line pose a threat to the country's elephants.

Stampeding buffalo killed in Zambia

2014-08-05 22:53

At least 52 Cape buffalo in a herd crossing a river in Zambia's largest game reserve have been killed in a stampede.

Celebrities unite to stop ‘savage’ dolphin hunt

2014-08-04 13:58

Celebrities and animal lovers from around the world are flocking to the Faroe Islands in a bid to stop a controversial dolphin hunt that activists describe as an 'archaic mass slaughter'.

Monument in Kruger to honour rangers

2014-08-03 14:22

A monument has been erected in the Kruger National Park to honour rangers who risk their lives for the sake of conservation.

Man expelled from Croatia for punching seal

2014-08-01 13:39

A man has been fined and expelled from Croatia after he punched a Mediterranean monk seal, one of the world's most endangered species.

Isolated Indians make contact with outside world

2014-07-31 11:53

Isolated native people likely fleeing attacks in Peru have turned up in Brazil's Amazon rainforest where they made contact with the outside world.

Isolated indigenous communities under threat

2014-07-30 13:55

Indigenous people in the most remote regions of South America are under threat from development, a regional human rights body has warned, urging that inhabitants these areas be left alone.

Bid to save tiger threatened by poor data: WWF

2014-07-30 10:36

Efforts to save the tiger are being undermined by a lack of information about how many of the endangered cats live in the wild, the conservation group WWF says.

US plans to ban import of boa constrictors

2014-07-29 11:46

A US proposal to ban the import and interstate sale of boa constrictors and four other snake species prompted protests from exotic pet owners and concern among Florida wildlife regulators.

Australia approves huge India-backed mine

2014-07-28 13:30

Australia has approved a massive coal mine that could provide electricity for up to 100 million Indians, angering environmentalists who warned it may threaten the Great Barrier Reef.

Greenpeace protest against Lego & Shell

2014-07-28 08:57

Greenpeace activists protested outside a Lego store in Chile, condemning a deal between the Toy Company and Shell that the environmental group says is 'polluting kids' imaginations.'

Outcry saves rare US redwood from chopping

2014-07-25 20:04

A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city will be replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks.

Rhino carcass found in Mapungubwe

2014-07-24 14:43

A rhino carcass was found in the Mapungubwe National Park in northern Limpopo, SA National Parks said on Thursday.

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