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Online campaign to save malnourished lions at Sudan park

Khartoum - Online calls grew Sunday to help save five "malnourished and sick" African lions held at a park in Sudan's capital, with some demanding the creatures be shifted to a better habitat.

Palau bans 'reef-toxic' sunscreen

- Palau's pioneering ban on "reef-toxic" sunscreens took effect Wednesday as the tiny Pacific island nation introduced strict environmental measures that also include one of the world's largest marine sanctuaries.

Vietnam seizes two tonnes of ivory and pangolin scales

Hanoi - Vietnam seized more than two tonnes of ivory tusks and pangolin scales hidden inside wooden boxes shipped from Nigeria, state media reported Tuesday.

Endangered black rhino born in French zoo

La Teste-de-buch - A critically endangered black rhino has been born in a French zoo, authorities said on Thursday.The male calf, which does not yet have a name, was born on December 6 at the Bassin d'Arcachon Zoo in southwestern La Teste-de-Buch.

Botswana animal groups outraged at elephant killing

Gaborone - Animal campaigners demanded on Friday that a Botswana hunter's licence be revoked after an elephant was killed despite being protected, raising tensions over the country's new hunting rules.

Rogue elephant dies in captivity after killing villagers

Guwahati - A rogue elephant named after the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has died in captivity after he was captured following a massive hunt in northeastern India, officials said Sunday.

In bear country Romania, cohabitation grows strenuous

When Maria Lacatus' son opened the barn door, it was already too late. "The bear had one of the pigs in its claws," the sobbing 86-year-old says.

Aldi supermarkets announce bee protection plan

Another food retailer has announced a plan to minimize its use of pesticides in a bid to help protect pollinators, at least in the U.S. Aldi is to ‘encourage’ its food suppliers to phase out the use of neonicotinoid pesticides.

The 'Brave Ones': Zimbabwe's women-only rangers fighting poaching

Harare - Chiyevedzo Mutero was one of dozens competing in the remote Zimbabwean bush to join the all-female anti-poaching Akashinga rangers when she broke her finger.

New technique reveals lost splendours of Herculaneum art

Ercolano - One of the best preserved Roman houses at Herculaneum reopened on Wednesday after more than 30 years, its exquisite paintings brought back to life thanks to a revolutionary new technique.

Doubt over future of Antarctic ocean sanctuary plans

Sydney - A push by Australia and France to create a massive ocean sanctuary in east Antarctica is in doubt as nations meet in Hobart to discuss the plans, with China and Russia opposing.

Cannabis now available in fully recyclable tins

To mark the anniversary of the legalization of cannabis in Canada, a licensed producer in Alberta that is putting a priority on the environment and sustainability. This takes the form of providing the drug in fully recyclable tins.

Indonesia scraps plans to close komodo dragon island

Jakarta - Indonesia has scrapped plans to ban tourists from an island home to komodo dragons and will instead limit visitor numbers and raise entry prices to create a "premium destination", officials said.

Climate change 'race against time', Prince Harry says in Botswana

Declaring climate change a "race against time," Prince Harry on Thursday planted a baobab tree in Botswana and highlighted the campaign work of teen activist Greta Thunberg."There’s an emergency.

Monkey business: Vietnam macaque island draws tourists — and criticism

Nha Trang - Menacing macaques snatch bags of crisps, water bottles, cookies and crackers from uneasy tourists on Vietnam's Monkey Island, a popular attraction decried as cruel by activists calling for an end to animal tourism in Southeast Asia.

Hunters turn gamekeepers to help C. Africa's threatened wildlife

Jean moves deftly through the tangle of roots and branches before waiting for the rainforest to give him a clue.

More than 2,300 tigers killed and trafficked this century: report

Geneva - More than 2,300 endangered tigers have been killed and illegally trafficked since the turn of the century, according to a report published Tuesday, urging more action to protect the giant cats.

Ban on sending wild elephants to zoos a step closer

Geneva - The regulator of global wildlife trade will likely ban sending African elephants captured from the wild to zoos after countries supported the move Sunday, in what conservationists hailed as a "historic win".

Wildlife summit mulls trade rules to counter 'unprecedented' species declines

Geneva - Conservationists warned of "unprecedented" species declines Saturday as countries met in Geneva to tighten rules on trade in elephant ivory and products from other endangered animal and plants.

Gentle giraffes threatened with 'silent extinction'

For most of his life as a Samburu warrior, Lesaiton Lengoloni thought nothing of hunting giraffes, the graceful giants so common a feature of the Kenyan plains where he roamed."There was no particular pride in killing a giraffe, not like a lion...

Global meet to mull trade rules to protect endangered species

Geneva - Specialists will meet in Geneva from Saturday to try to tighten rules on trade in elephant ivory, rhino horns and other endangered animal and plant species amid growing alarm over accelerating extinctions.

Countries push to protect sharks, rays

Geneva - Dozens of countries will push at a global meeting for regulations on trade in 18 types of shark and ray, with conservationists warning Thursday of looming extinction for many species.

Vietnam seizes 125 kilos of rhino horn hidden in plaster

Hanoi - Fifty-five pieces of rhino horn were found encased in plaster at an airport in the Vietnamese capital, authorities said Sunday, as the country tries to crack down on sophisticated wildlife smuggling routes.

French supermarket managers ousted over safari hunting snaps

Lyon - It was meant to be a trophy picture, showing their success on safari, but the photo of a French couple posing beside a lion they had shot ended up costing them their jobs.

Thousands of animals saved in global crackdown on wildlife crime

Lyon - Police across the globe have seized thousands of wild animals, including primates and big cats, and arrested nearly 600 suspects in a vast crackdown on illegal wildlife smuggling, Interpol said Wednesday.

New orphan dugong named 'handsome sea prince' by Thai royal

Bangkok - A second orphan baby dugong found stranded on a southern Thai beach has been named "handsome sea prince" by one of the country's princesses, officials said Saturday, as sea cow craze sweeps the kingdom.

Happiness and Harmony: 'Big step forward' as twin pandas grow

Maerkang - Born to a wild father and captive mother, nearly one-year-old twin pandas roll on the grass in a conservation base in southwest China, marking an important achievement in the preservation of the country's beloved animal.

'Hundreds' of elephants being poached each year in Botswana: report

Johanesburg - A leading conservation group has warned of surging elephant poaching in parts of Botswana and estimated nearly 400 were killed across the country in 2017 and 2018, according to a report published Thursday, adding to conservation concerns.

Zimbabwe demands right to sell $300 mn of ivory to fund game reserves

Harare - Zimbabwe has demanded the right to sell its stockpile of ivory to raise money for conservation, wildlife authorities said Tuesday, joining other southern African nations in calling for the global ban on the trade in tusks to be relaxed.

14 lions on the loose in S.Africa, with nowhere to go

Johanesburg - A pride of 14 lions is on the loose near a mining community bordering South Africa's Kruger National Park, officials said Friday, and warned members of the public to be alert.
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Two of the underwater cameras developed to enhance the sustainability of long line fishing in the Southern Ocean.
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A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad on the road.
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Upper Ball's Falls in autumn colours.
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A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad on wood.
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Tour the Grist Mill heritage building in the Ball's Falls conservation area.
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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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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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