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Galapagos fights temptation of lucrative mass tourism

Puerto Ayora - With its iconic giant tortoises, crested black iguanas, huge ocean manta rays and a veritable menagerie of other cool creatures, the Galapagos Islands are one of the most beautiful places you will probably never visit.Why not?

Leading ivory trade investigator murdered in Kenya

Nairobi - A world-renowned ivory investigator whose detailed reports contributed to the fight against elephant poaching and the illegal wildlife trade, was killed at his home in Kenya, police said Monday.

Indonesian orangutan 'beheaders' claim self-defence: police

Jakarta - Two Indonesian men arrested for shooting an orangutan multiple times and then decapitating it before tossing the corpse into a river, have told investigators they acted in self-defence, police said Thursday.

Hong Kong bans ivory sales in landmark vote

Hong Kong - Hong Kong voted to ban ivory sales in a landmark move Wednesday to end the infamous trade in the city.

Pendjari park hopes to be new elephant sanctuary in West Africa

Natitingou - Matthieu Yoa smiles at a job well done. The ranger and his colleagues have just put a satellite tracking collar on an elephant in the Pendjari National Park in northern Benin.

In the Galapagos, an idyllic hammerhead shark nursery

Santa Cruz - For millions of years, new-born hammerhead sharks have grown up in nurseries sheltered by the mangrove swamps and reefs of the Galapagos Islands, safe from all human threat.

Benin's Pendjari National Park comes back to life

Natitingou - Jean-Marc Froment leant against a railing at the lodge in Pendjari National Park in Benin's far north, and spotted about 40 elephants drinking at a large water hole.

Rhino poaching dips slightly in S.Africa

Johanesburg - The number of rhinos killed for their horns by poachers in South Africa dipped in 2017, but more than 1,000 were still slaughtered, the government said on Thursday.

Japan seeks upgraded whaling ship as PM vows to continue hunts

Toukyo - Japan is considering upgrading its ageing lead whaling ship, a fisheries official said Wednesday, as the prime minister vowed to continue the country's controversial Antarctic hunts despite international protests.

No end to eyesores at Taj Mahal as repair work drags on

Agra - Tourist Muskan Mahuwakar pictured the Taj Mahal as a dazzling vision of symmetry and beauty but upon reaching the monument, she -- like thousands of other visitors -- was disappointed to find it covered in scaffolding, its once white marble now yellowi...

When humans wage war, animals suffer too: study

Paris - When humans wage war, they harm more than just one another. Wild animals suffer too, and some have verged on annihilation in Africa's many anti-colonial and civil conflicts, researchers said Wednesday.

Power stacked against SE Asia's poor as China dams Mekong

Kandal - Cambodian fisherman Sles Hiet lives at the mercy of the Mekong: a massive river that feeds tens of millions but is under threat from the Chinese dams cementing Beijing's physical -- and diplomatic -- control over its Southeast Asian neighbours.

India limits visitors to save Taj Mahal

Agra - India is to restrict the number of daily visitors to the Taj Mahal in an attempt to preserve the iconic 17th-century monument to love, its biggest tourist attraction.

Chinese ban on ivory sales goes into effect

Bejing - China's complete ban on ivory trade went into effect Sunday, officials said, a major step forward in Beijing's efforts to rein in what was once the world's largest market for illegal ivory. "From today...

Lizard, turtle among more than 100 new species found in Mekong region

Bangkok - A Vietnamese 'crocodile lizard' and a Thai turtle found on sale in a local market are among more than 100 new species discovered in the ecologically diverse but threatened Mekong region last year, researchers said Tuesday.

International call for Japan to halt Antarctic whaling

Wellington - The European Union and 12 other nations condemned Japan's Antarctic whaling programme Monday, rejecting Tokyo's argument that the annual slaughter is for scientific research.

China seizes 12 tonnes of endangered pangolin scales

Bejing - Nearly 12 tonnes of smuggled pangolin scales have been confiscated by Chinese officials -- the country's largest-ever seizure of the endangered mammal's prized parts as it seeks to curb illegal trafficking.

Graphic Australian video of Japanese whaling released

Sydney - Activist group Sea Shepherd on Tuesday released graphic video of Japanese fishermen harpooning whales in the Southern Ocean after a long battle with the Australian government to make the images public.

France halts sales of two Dow pesticides over bee fears

Nice - A French court on Friday halted sales of two pesticides made by US chemicals giant Dow after an environmental group raised fears that the substances could be harmful to bees.

Japanese whalers head to Antarctic

Toukyo - Japanese whaling vessels left port Thursday for an annual hunting voyage in the Antarctic, this time to kill 333 minke whales, despite international calls to stop the practice.

Malawi turns to British troops in poaching war

Zomba - Under a scorching sun, a team of British soldiers and Malawian rangers sheltered under a tree ready to pounce on their prey: poachers.

Iran moves to save last 'mascot' Asiatic cheetahs

Garmsar - Iranian environmentalists have mobilised to protect the world's last Asiatic cheetahs, estimated to number just 50 and faced with the threats of becoming roadkill, a shortage of prey and farmers' dogs.

Hopes dashed for giant new Antarctic marine sanctuary

Sydney - Hopes for a vast new marine sanctuary in pristine East Antarctica were dashed Saturday after a key conservation summit failed to reach agreement, with advocates urging "greater vision and ambition".

Drive for giant new marine sanctuary in Antarctica

Sydney - Australia and France kick off a fresh push Monday to create a vast marine sanctuary in pristine East Antarctica, hoping to build on the success of landmark deal secured last year at a key annual conservation summit.

Anthrax may have killed 100 hippos in Namibia

Windoek - Over 100 hippos have died in Namibia in a remote national park in the past week, the country's environment minister said on Monday, warning that anthrax could be to blame.

Pacific's Niue creates huge marine sanctuary

Wellington - The tiny Pacific island nation of Niue on Friday announced the creation of a huge marine sanctuary, saying it wanted to stop overfishing and preserve the environment for future generations.

From poacher to ranger: saving China's Siberian tigers

Bejing - In the northern mountains bordering Russia, everyone knew the spry Chinese man as a skilled and ruthless hunter -- the kind who once killed a mother black bear as her cubs looked on.

Cats kill one million birds a day in Australia

Sydney - Feral and pet cats kill more than one million birds in Australia every day, new research showed Wednesday, with the staggering slaughter driving the decline of many species.

Pandas rebounding, but their habitat isn't: study

Paris - China's fiercely protected giant panda had a smaller habitat in 2013 than when it was declared endangered more than 20 years earlier, researchers said Monday.

High hopes for Australian bid to breed panda cubs

Sydney - A giant panda couple struggling to produce cubs in an Australian zoo have been given a helping hand by vets who hope to overcome the bears' notorious breeding difficulties with three artificial inseminations.
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Aphids - Cinara Smolandiae on juniper tree
Aphids - Cinara Smolandiae on juniper tree
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Scattered remnants of a once great forest - Mature Scots Pine Pinus sylvestris. Glen Quoich  looking...
Scattered remnants of a once great forest - Mature Scots Pine Pinus sylvestris. Glen Quoich, looking towards Beinn a Bhuird, Scotland.
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Mother and young rhinoceros killed for their horns. At the beginning of the 20th century there were ...
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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A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad on the road.
A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad on the road.
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Upper Ball s Falls in autumn colours.
Upper Ball's Falls in autumn colours.
Atlantic salmon released on Bonaventure River  Quebec  Canada.
Atlantic salmon released on Bonaventure River, Quebec, Canada.
ASF/Photo by Kelsey Taylor
Balls Fall s  fall scenes.
Balls Fall's, fall scenes.
For some books  older ways of book conservation are required using the equipment of yesteryear.
For some books, older ways of book conservation are required using the equipment of yesteryear.
Tour the Grist Mill heritage building in the Ball s Falls conservation area.
Tour the Grist Mill heritage building in the Ball's Falls conservation area.
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Nature Seekers Grand Riviere
Volunteers help plant trees on National Tree Day.
Volunteers help plant trees on National Tree Day.
Balls Fall s  fall scenes.
Balls Fall's, fall scenes.
The Minnesota DNR and Minnesota Zoo have teamed up to bring back rare bison.
The Minnesota DNR and Minnesota Zoo have teamed up to bring back rare bison.
Minnesota DNR Slideshow
A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad on wood.
A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad on wood.
Froglife
PERFECT: U.S. and California National Guard firefighters practice water drops near Lake Pardee in Ap...
PERFECT: U.S. and California National Guard firefighters practice water drops near Lake Pardee in April in anticipation of a tough fire season with the Golden State in its fourth year of drought.
Army National Guard photo/Sgt. Ian M. Kummer
National Tree Day volunteers receive instructions from a supervisor.
National Tree Day volunteers receive instructions from a supervisor.
The African lion population is shrinking due to habitat loss  lack of prey and violent contact with ...
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.
PBS News Hour
Deforestation in Amazonia  seen from satellite.
Deforestation in Amazonia, seen from satellite.
NASA
A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad at night.
A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad at night.
Froglife
Controlled burns are rarely done  making the life of a Venus flytrap all that much harder. This plan...
Controlled burns are rarely done, making the life of a Venus flytrap all that much harder. This plant is almost hidden in the grasses.
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