ARTICLES RELATING TO CONSERVATION

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 .

Plan won't save Great Barrier Reef: Aussi scientists

2014-10-28 12:53

Australia's plans to protect the Great Barrier Reef are inadequate, short-sighted and will not prevent its decline, the country's pre-eminent grouping of natural scientists say.

SA living flag will be seen from space

2014-10-27 13:04

The Camdeboo Municipality in Graaff-Reinet will be home to the largest South African flag ever constructed on our planet, dubbed the "Living Flag".

Vandalism reported at 5 US national parks

2014-10-23 10:57

The US National Park Service says vandalism has been found within five western national parks and officials are investigating vandalism reports at five other parks.

Tasmanian devil dies - zoo ups security

2014-10-21 20:32

A New Mexico zoo has boosted security after the killing of a rare Tasmanian devil on loan from Australia.

Science meets voodoo at festival of water

2014-10-20 13:05

Perhaps no other city in the United States is as well-suited as New Orleans to wed a scientific discussion of environment with a celebration of the occult.

Leonardo DiCaprio gives $2m for ocean conservation

2014-10-17 10:52

Actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio's conservation foundation says it has awarded a $2m grant to establish marine reserves and to stop overfishing.

Saving Aussie Outback means living in it: Study

2014-10-15 16:42

As one of the wildest and most natural places on Earth, Australia's Outback is home to few people, but a new study argues that it needs a bigger population to escape decline.

Rare beaked whale washes up in Australia

2014-10-14 13:30

A rare beaked whale has washed up in Australia, exciting researchers who know little about an animal that spends much of its time diving at depth far from shore.

Artificial coral offers solution to endangered reefs

2014-10-13 14:04

With recent studies showing the world's oceans acidifying at an accelerating rate, scientists say coral reefs are at risk of dying out. But a student at London's Royal College of Art has come up with a possible solution.

Rhino poachers jailed in Mpumalanga

2014-10-10 08:49

Two rhino poachers arrested in unrelated incidents have been sentenced in Mpumalanga courts, police say.

Improved seafood sustainability: WWF-SA

2014-10-09 16:24

Transparency in the way retailers and suppliers procure seafood is contributing towards sustainability, the World Wildlife Fund SA says.

 

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.

African lion endangered - US

2014-10-27 22:39

Loss of habitat and prey are putting African lions in danger of extinction, and the majestic creatures need protection in order to survive, the US says.

New SANParks CEO confirmed

2014-10-23 19:04

Fundisile Mketeni has been appointed as the CEO of the SA National Parks, the environmental affairs department says.

Brazil protects giant swathe of Amazon rainforest

2014-10-22 10:04

The Brazilian government says it has put an environmentally rich area of the Amazon rainforest under federal protection, creating a reserve larger than the US state of Delaware.

Organic fertiliser helps Monarch Butterflies

2014-10-21 10:56

Using an organic fertiliser, a conservationist from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, leads an award-winning project to reforest the sanctuary of monarch butterflies.

Australia hopeful for revised Antarctic sanctuary

2014-10-20 09:11

Australia says it is hopeful of winning support for its plan to create a vast marine reserve off east Antarctica, after revising the proposal to make it smaller.

Seychelles fears foreign bird invader

2014-10-17 07:40

It was just a feather: But in the Seychelles, the discovery of parakeet plumage has put environmentalists in a flutter, with a foreign invading bird threatening the national parrot.

LA mayor vows to cut water use by 20%

2014-10-15 09:12

The mayor of LA aims to reduce local water use by 20% over the next three years to address a record drought through a mix of voluntary measures for residents and mandatory restrictions for city departments.

KZN Park's elephants to be vaccinated against pregnancy

2014-10-13 14:24

KwaZulu-Natal's Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park has received its first contraceptive vaccine to prevent elephant overpopulation, the Humane Society International (HSI) and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife said on Monday.

KZN receives elephant contraceptive

2014-10-13 14:04

KwaZulu-Natal's Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park has received its first contraceptive vaccine to prevent elephant overpopulation, the Humane Society International and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife say.

Hunters angered by proposed ban on shooting cats

2014-10-09 22:04

German hunters are up in arms over a proposed law that would prohibit them from shooting cats.

KNP arrests 6 rhino poachers

2014-10-07 18:04

Six suspected rhino poachers have been arrested in the Kruger National Park.

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