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Two accused in S. African court for 'freeing' endangered penguin

Port Elizabeth - Two men have appeared in court in South Africa accused of stealing a penguin called "Buddy" from a marine park and releasing him into the sea, police said Friday.

Tough times for S.Africa's all-female anti-poaching unit

- South Africa's all-female "Black Mambas" anti-poaching team had never lost a rhino since they were formed in 2013, but the killing of two animals earlier this month shattered their proud record.

All global trade banned in endangered pangolins

Johanesburg - The shy, scale-covered pangolin is to receive the highest level of protection against illegal trade to try to save it from extinction, after a vote Wednesday by delegates at a global conference.

Shy pangolins need world spotlight to survive

Johanesburg - Reclusive, gentle and quick to roll up into a ball, pangolins keep a low profile.

Wildlife meeting weighs how to save endangered species

Johanesburg - Thousands of conservationists and government officials open talks in Johannesburg on Saturday to thrash out regulating international trade in elephant ivory, rhino horn and hundreds of endangered wild animals and plants.

Chinese outrage over 'ugly' restoration of Great Wall

Bejing - Chinese social media users were in an uproar Friday over restoration of a 700-year-old section of the Great Wall that has been covered in cement, turning it into a smooth, flat-topped path.

How CITES works, and 5 species to look out for

Johanesburg - The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is a treaty to protect wild animals and plants against over-exploitation through commercial trade.

World governments urge end to domestic ivory markets

Miami - In a bid to stop the killing of elephants for their tusks, world governments voted at a major conservation conference to urge the closure of all domestic ivory markets.

Native people's rights violated in name of 'conservation': UN

Honolulu - Some of the world's leading conservation groups are violating the rights of indigenous people by backing projects that oust them from their ancestral homes in the name of environmental preservation, a top UN expert said this week.

Deal with oil giant helps near-extinct whale recover

Honolulu - A decade ago, there were just 115 western gray whales left in the world, and their feeding grounds near Russia's Sakhalin Island, north of Japan, were being drilled for oil.

Obama highlights environment on Pacific atoll

Pearl Harbor - President Barack Obama went off the beaten track Thursday -- way off -- to a newly expanded marine reserve on an atoll in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, part of an effort to polish his environmental legacy.

Jungle school helps rescued orangutans return to wild

Indonesia - Ignoring the shrieks of his rowdy, wrestling classmates, baby orangutan Otan practises swinging alone at his "jungle school" on Borneo island, switching hands and hanging upside down as he builds confidence high above the forest floor.

Anti-whalers enlist fast ship to fight off Japanese

Sydney - Marine conservationists announced Tuesday they will for the first time be able to outrun the Japanese whaling fleet in the upcoming annual battle to protect the giant mammals in the icy Southern Ocean.

Obama establishes world's largest marine reserve in Hawaii

Miami - President Barack Obama on Friday burnished his environmental legacy by establishing the world's largest marine reserve, home to thousands of rare sea creatures in the northwestern Hawaiian islands.

Conflict and drought threaten Mozambique's Gorongosa park

Gorongosa - Passing through the aged faded gates into Gorongosa National Park, it's difficult to imagine you've just entered Mozambique's largest wildlife sanctuary.

Rare endangered primate spotted in Vietnam

Hanoi - A new group of critically endangered primates has been spotted in Vietnam, raising hopes the rare creatures may not be wiped out in the next decade as scientists had feared.

Bactrian deer manage to survive bloody conflict in Afghanistan

Decades of unrelenting war and general lawlessness, coupled with a loss of habitat and unregulated hunting in Afghanistan had conservationists believing the Bactrian deer had disappeared. But despite the chaos, this rare creature has survived.

National Honeybee Day focuses on conservation

National honeybee day is celebrated each in the U.S. This year the day falls on August 20. Due to the decline in bee populations around the world, the focus for 2016 is on bee conservation.

New clues about the decline of snow leopards

Snow leopards are an endangered species. Ecologists have successfully linked the decline to a reduction in the food supply. New research, however, has found the food source that scientists thought was being affected is wrong.

WWF calls for crack down on 'tiger farms'

Geneva - The World Wildlife Fund on Thursday urged Asian states to investigate all tiger breeding centres and crack down on any involved in black-market animal trade.

Australian mangrove die-off blamed on climate change

Sydney - Thousands of hectares of mangroves in Australia's remote north have died, scientists said Monday, with climate change the likely cause.

IWC demands action on rare New Zealand dolphin

Wellington - The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has called on New Zealand to take urgent action to save the world's rarest dolphin from extinction, voicing "grave concern" about its future.

New Zealand's crowdfunded beach becomes public park

Wellington - A New Zealand man whose ambitious crowdfunding campaign raised millions of dollars to buy a pristine South Island beach and make it public parkland said Monday it was "surreal" to see his dream realised.

Sri Lanka's latest status symbol, a baby elephant

Colombo - Expensive and high-maintenance, baby elephants have become the ultimate status symbol for Sri Lanka's wealthy elite -- a trend that has horrified conservationists and prompted a government crackdown.

Kenya's jumbo 'ele-fence' to stop human-wildlife conflict

- Machete in hand, Kenyan farmer Paul Njoroge points at the broken branches and giant footprints where elephants trampled his bananas, maize, potatoes and sugar cane.

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific bans shark fin

Hong Kong - Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific said Wednesday it will ban carrying shark fin on all its flights, a victory for conservationists concerned for endangered species of the predator.

Great Barrier Reef bleaching could cost a million tourists

Sydney - Severe coral bleaching on Australia's Great Barrier Reef could cost it more than a million visitors a year and huge sums in lost tourism revenue, a survey said Tuesday.

Singapore destroys tonnes of illegal ivory

Singapore - Singapore on Monday crushed and burnt almost eight tonnes of ivory confiscated over two years to try to deter smugglers as activists called for tighter enforcement.Over 2,700 elephant tusks weighing 7.

Hairy future for Australia's beloved koala

Port Macquarie - A sweet, sickly smell filled the air as Sherwood Robyn, a 12-year-old koala, was brought into a small examination room at Australia's first hospital for the furry marsupials.From afar, she appeared in fine health.

Elephants in Tanzania reserve could be wiped out by 2022

Nairobi - Elephants in Tanzania's sprawling Selous Game Reserve could be wiped out within six years if poaching continues at current levels, the World Wildlife Fund warned.
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Scattered remnants of a once great forest - Mature Scots Pine Pinus sylvestris. Glen Quoich, looking towards Beinn a Bhuird, Scotland.
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Upper Falls at Ball's Falls conservation area.
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Aphids - Cinara Smolandiae on juniper tree
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Upper Ball's Falls in autumn colours.
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Balls Fall's, fall scenes.
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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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Mother and young rhinoceros killed for their horns. At the beginning of the 20th century there were 500,000 rhinos. Since 1970 the world rhino population has declined by 90 percent.
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Tour the Grist Mill heritage building in the Ball's Falls conservation area.
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A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad on wood.
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LESSON PLAN: A school of wild salmon migrate through California's river system in 2011.
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National Tree Day volunteers receive instructions from a supervisor.
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A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad at night.
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Two of Major's offspring, Joko and Becky at Parc Zoologique de la Boissiere du Dore
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Nature Seekers Grand Riviere
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Deforestation in Amazonia, seen from satellite.
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The African lion population is shrinking due to habitat loss, lack of prey and violent contact with humans, including trophy hunting. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing that these animals be protected as an endangered species.
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