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Top conservationist wounded in Kenya gun attack

Nairobi - Italian-born conservationist and writer Kuki Gallmann was shot and seriously wounded Sunday while patrolling her conservation park in central Kenya, a region plagued by violence linked to a drought.

Endangered species poached in protected areas: WWF

Geneva - Illegal poaching, logging and fishing of sometimes critically endangered species is taking place in nearly half of the world's most protected natural sites, environmental campaigners WWF warned Tuesday.

Japan volcanic island may hold key to coral survival

Nihon - The key to the survival of the world's threatened coral reefs may lie in the waters surrounding a small volcanic island off the coast of Japan, scientists say.

Malaysia seizes big shipment of rhino horns at airport

Sepang - Enforcement officials in Malaysia have seized 18 rhinoceros horns imported from Mozambique, weighing 51.4 kg and worth 13.7 million ringgit ($3.1 million), a senior customs official said Monday.

Nepal's rhinos on road to recovery with cross-country move

- All hell broke loose as the one-horned rhino stepped out of the crate, the powerful male charging elephant-mounted mahouts relocating him to a new home in Nepal's far west in the hope of shoring up the vulnerable species.

Rare one-horned rhino killed by poachers in Nepal

Kathmandu - Poachers have shot dead a one-horned rhinoceros at a national wildlife park in Nepal, officials said Sunday, spotlighting the threat faced by the rare animals.

Rare one-horned rhino killed by poachers in Nepal

Kathmandu - Poachers have shot dead a one-horned rhinoceros at a national wildlife park in Nepal, officials said Sunday, spotlighting the threat faced by the rare animals.

Rare one-horned rhino killed by poachers in Nepal

Kathmandu - Poachers have shot dead a one-horned rhinoceros at a national wildlife park in Nepal, officials said Sunday, spotlighting the threat faced by the rare animals.

Hope for elephants as ivory prices fall

Nairobi - The price of ivory has fallen by nearly two-thirds in the last three years, according to research conducted in China and published Wednesday by the conservation group Save the Elephants.

Wild Thai tiger cub footage sparks hope for endangered species

Bangkok - Conservationists on Tuesday hailed the discovery of a new breeding population of tigers in Thailand as a "miraculous" victory for a sub-species nearly wiped out by poaching.

Five frozen, gutted tigers found in Vietnam

Five frozen tigers have been discovered in a Vietnamese man's freezer with their organs removed, according to official reports Tuesday, in a country seen as a global hub for the illegal wildlife trade.

Huge swathe of Australian mangroves 'die of thirst'

Sydney - Thousands of hectares of mangroves in Australia's remote north "died of thirst" last year, scientists said Tuesday, in the largest climate-related incident of its kind ever recorded.

Belgian zoo shortens rhinos' horns after French killing

Brussels - A Belgian zoo said Saturday it will shorten its rhinos' horns as an anti-poaching measure following the grisly killing of a white rhino in France this week.

Zoo rhino killing hints at new European avenue for poachers

Paris - This week's brutal killing of a rhino in its enclosure at a French zoo points to a new European frontier for greedy poachers that must be closed as a matter of urgency, environmentalists and officials say.

Zoo rhino killing hints at new European avenue for poachers

Paris - This week's brutal killing of a rhino in its enclosure at a French zoo points to a new European frontier for greedy poachers that must be closed as a matter of urgency, environmentalists and officials say.

White rhino killed by poachers at French zoo

Versailles - Intruders at a French zoo have shot dead a white rhino and hacked off its horns in a grizzly overnight poaching incident, police and the zoo said Tuesday.

Massive Hong Kong shark fin seizure as ban flouted

Hong Kong - Hong Kong authorities have seized more than a tonne of shark fins as activists warn traders are sneaking the sought-after delicacy into the city by mislabelling shipments to get around bans by major transporters.

WWII shipwrecks off Malaysia broken for scrap: divers

Kuala Lumpur - Three World War II shipwrecks off the coast of Malaysia -- the final resting place of dozens of seamen -- have almost disappeared, local divers say, with the finger pointing at possible scrap metal scavengers.

Fears of exploding whales as New Zealand clears carcasses

Wellington - The grim task of clearing hundreds of washed-up whale carcasses was under way in New Zealand Tuesday, with the beach closed over fears the bodies will fill with gas and explode as they decompose.

About 200 beached whales refloat themselves in N. Zealand

Christchurch - Most of the more than 200 whales who became stranded on New Zealand's notorious Farewell Spit on the weekend have been able to refloat themselves, conservation officials said Sunday.

Fresh whale stranding on notorious New Zealand beach

Christchurch - Another 200 whales were stranded on a New Zealand coastline late Saturday, frustrating rescuers who had battled through the day and even defied a shark threat to try and keep them at sea.

'De-extinction' or saving the species nearing extinction?

If you were given the unique pleasure of deciding which species of now extinct animal or plant you would like to resurrect, what would you choose, a Tasmanian tiger, or perhaps the woolly mammoth?

Sea Shepherd finds Japanese ship 'with slaughtered whale'

Sydney - A Japanese ship has been caught with a slaughtered whale in the Antarctic in defiance of an international court decision against Tokyo's hunts, activist group Sea Shepherd said Sunday.

Prawn shopping bags made to help the environment

Nottingham - Shopping bags are major contributors to waste. Although there have been moves to reduce plastic bags, many types of bags end up in landfill. To create biodegradable shopping bags, a type based on shrimp shells have been developed.

Cheetahs 'sprinting' towards extinction: wildlife study

London - Cheetahs are "sprinting" to extinction due to habitat loss and other forms of human impact, according to a new study out this week which called for urgent action to save the world's fastest land animals.

Robot gives rare glimpse under Antarctic sea ice

Sydney - An underwater robot has captured a rare glimpse beneath the Antarctic sea ice, revealing a colourful world filled with coconut-shaped sponges, dandelion-like worms, pink algae and spidery starfish.

The fight to save Earth's smallest rhino in Sumatra's jungles

Indonesia - Deep from within the Indonesian jungle a solitary, seldom seen forest giant emerges from the undergrowth.It is a Sumatran rhino, one of the rarest large mammals on Earth.

Burning ivory, waging war: world battles poaching in 2016

Nairobi - It was one of the most momentous events in the battle against poaching: 11 giant pyres of elephant tusks going up in flames in Kenya as the world looked on.

Record coral kill-off on Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - A mass bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef this year killed more corals than ever before, scientists said Tuesday, sounding the alarm over the delicate ecosystem.

Record coral kill-off on Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - A mass bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef this year killed more corals than ever before, scientists said Tuesday, sounding the alarm over the delicate ecosystem.
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A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad on wood.
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Sir Richard Branson is one of several high profile individuals calling for the ban of shark fin soup.
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Deforestation in Amazonia, seen from satellite.
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The Minnesota DNR and Minnesota Zoo have teamed up to bring back rare bison.
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The Papuan black bass can be found in a select area of Papua New Guinea. This man is fly fishing.
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Aphids - Cinara Smolandiae on juniper tree
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National Tree Day volunteers receive instructions from a supervisor.
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Tour the Grist Mill heritage building in the Ball's Falls conservation area.
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Volunteers queue up (get in line – American translation) for the free BBQ.
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Upper Falls at Ball's Falls conservation area.
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