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Saving Pakistan's lost city of Mohenjo Daro

Karachi - The centre of a powerful ancient civilisation, Mohenjo Daro was one of the world's earliest cities -- a Bronze Age metropolis boasting flush toilets and a water and waste system to rival many in modern Pakistan.

Hatchlings raise hope for Cambodia's endangered 'Royal Turtle'

Phnom Penh - The birth of nine Cambodian royal turtle hatchlings has sparked hope for the future of a species on the brink of extinction, conservationists said Wednesday.

Public asked to name rare albino orangutan

Jakarta - The public are being asked to name a rare albino orangutan rescued in the Indonesian part of Borneo island, with conservationists saying she has become an "ambassador" for the threatened species.

France bans captive breeding of dolphins, killer whales

Paris - France on Saturday banned the breeding in captivity of dolphins and killer whales under tighter rules that campaigners hope will eventually herald the end of shows involving the animals.

Jamie Oliver sparks fish fuss in Iceland

Reykjav - "What a view!!" Britain's celebrity chef Jamie Oliver exclaimed under a photo he posted on Facebook of a salmon farming cage nestled in a snowy fjord.

Vinegar offers hope in Barrier Reef starfish battle

Sydney - Coral-munching crown-of-thorns starfish can be safely killed by common household vinegar, scientists revealed Thursday in a discovery that offers hope for Australia's struggling Great Barrier Reef.

Mozambique battles illegal logging to save tropical forests

Pemba - A squad of Mozambican forest rangers made their first arrest just minutes after arriving at a checkpoint near the northern port city of Pemba.

More Antarctic protections urged on World Penguin Day

Sydney - The world needs to do more to protect the Antarctic wilderness and its wildlife, scientists warned Tuesday, as they marked World Penguin Day.

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?
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Upper Falls at Ball's Falls conservation area.
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A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad at night.
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Church at Ball's Falls Conservation park.
The Papuan black bass can be found in a select area of Papua New Guinea. This man is fly fishing.
The Papuan black bass can be found in a select area of Papua New Guinea. This man is fly fishing.
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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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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.
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Nature Seekers Grand Riviere
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Volunteers queue up (get in line – American translation) for the free BBQ.
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For some books, older ways of book conservation are required using the equipment of yesteryear.
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Upper Ball's Falls in autumn colours.
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National Tree Day volunteers receive instructions from a supervisor.
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Aphids - Cinara Smolandiae on juniper tree
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Two of Major's offspring, Joko and Becky at Parc Zoologique de la Boissiere du Dore
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Balls Fall's, fall scenes.
Ball s Falls  fall scenes.
Ball's Falls, fall scenes.
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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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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A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad on the road.
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