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Iranian and U.N. officials attempt to save the Asiatic cheetah

Tehran - At first glance protecting an endangered cheetah seems straightforward. However the situation in Iran is more complicated than any casual observer could realize.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

White House attempts to save the bees

Washington - President Barack Obama has created a new task force to study the recent precipitous decline in the number of bees in the U.S. The new organization will also raise public awareness about the issue.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Japan PM vows efforts to resume commercial whale hunt

Tokyo - Japan's prime minister told parliament Monday he would boost his efforts towards restarting commercial whaling, despite a top UN court's order that Tokyo must stop killing whales in the Antarctic.
In the Media by Miwa Suzuki (AFP)

Hunch-bat, Zorro snake among new Mekong species

Hanoi - From a hunch-backed bat to a giant flying squirrel, scientists have identified 367 new species in the Greater Mekong area since 2012, according to a new WWF report.
In the Media by AFP

Man convicted over orangutan, tiger skulls in Australia

Sydney - A man was Friday convicted on 24 charges of possessing illegal wildlife products, including orangutan and tiger skulls, following the biggest seizure of such items in Australian history.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Japan kicks off first whale hunt since UN court ruling

- A Japanese whaling fleet left port Saturday under tight security, marking the first hunt since the UN's top court last month ordered Tokyo to stop killing whales in the Antarctic.
In the Media by Shingo Ito (AFP)

Japan to redesign Antarctic whale hunt after UN court ruling

Tokyo - Japan said Friday it would redesign its controversial Antarctic whaling mission in a bid to make it more scientific, after a United Nations court ruled it was a commercial hunt masquerading as research.
In the Media by Shigemi SATO (AFP)

Japan e-commerce giant Rakuten halts whale meat sales

Tokyo - Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten said Friday it has told online retailers to stop selling whale meat after a UN court ordered an end to the country's Antarctic whale hunt.
In the Media by AFP

Japan cancels next Antarctic whaling hunt

Tokyo - Japan is cancelling its next Antarctic whaling hunt for the first time in more than 25 years, an official said Thursday, just days after the UN's International Court of Justice ordered an end to the controversial practice.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Sea Shepherd campaigners return after anti-whaling mission

Hobart - Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd have returned to land after their longest-ever anti-whaling campaign in the Southern Ocean, claiming to have saved more than 750 whales in their annual high seas showdown with Japanese whalers.
In the Media by AFP

Canada offers tax breaks to promote moose sex

Ottawa - A conservation group has teamed up with the Canadian tax man to offer deductions for land donations to help lovelorn moose.The Nature Conservancy of Canada is looking for land along the border between the country's easternmost Nova Scotia and New Bruns...
In the Media by AFP

Cameraman recounts death of 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin

Sydney - The cameraman who witnessed the death of Australian "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin on Monday revealed a stingray stabbed at him "hundreds of times" and his final words were "I'm dying."The television personality and conservationist, who became world-fa...
In the Media by AFP

Ancient beasts roam Spain's wilderness

Aldeia Da Ponte - In an oak wood spanning the border of Spain and Portugal, an ancient sight unfolds: wild horses, not saddled or shoed, but roaming free as they did centuries ago.Farming has declined in Spain, leaving the countryside deserted, conservationists say.
In the Media by Roland Lloyd Parry (AFP)

Op-Ed: Reflections on zoos and euthanasia

The slaughter of giraffe Marius at a Copenhagen zoo has prompted interest in just how many healthy animals are actually slaughtered by zoos in Europe and worldwide. It seems numbers are unknown, however scientific thought is that slaughters are necessary
In the Media by Dawn Denmar

Sea Shepherd challenges shark kill policy in Australia

Sydney - Militant environmental group Sea Shepherd on Wednesday said it is seeking a Supreme Court injunction to halt a controversial shark culling policy in Western Australia.The group, best known for battling Japanese whalers in the Antarctic, has teamed up w...
In the Media by AFP

Concerted action will secure future of Scotland’s national tree

Forres - Amid much fanfare the native Scots pine was declared Scotland’s national tree, end January, but a leading conservation charity is calling for concerted action to ensure the iconic species has a secure future.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Tour operators fume over Great Barrier Reef dumping plan

Sydney - Furious tourism operators on the Great Barrier Reef on Saturday threatened legal action after approval was given to dump of up to three million cubic metres of dredge waste in park waters.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Australia approves plan to dump dredge spoil in Barrier Reef

Sydney - Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on Friday approved the dumping of up to three million cubic metres of dredge waste in park waters in a move blasted by environmentalists.
In the Media by AFP

Fishermen kill 30 more dolphins in Taiji

Tokyo - Fishermen in the small Japanese town of Taiji killed more than two dozen striped dolphins on Thursday, campaigners said, as global outrage over the slaughter grows.
In the Media by Harumi Ozawa (AFP)

25 percent of sharks, rays, at risk of extinction

Sharks have been around for about 450 million years. But the future of one of planet Earth's most successful species is at risk. New evidence suggests that 25 percent of sharks and rays are at risk of extinction.
In the Media by Tucker Cummings

Japan dolphin hunt goes on after slaughter: campaigners

Tokyo - Japanese fishermen were out at sea attempting to trap more dolphins on Wednesday, campaigners said, after the bloody slaughter of dozens of the animals the previous day was hidden from view behind screens.
In the Media by Miwa Suzuki (AFP)

Australia to go ahead with shark 'kill' zones

Sydney - A controversial policy to catch and kill sharks off popular west coast beaches got the green light in Australia, in a move the Humane Society Tuesday termed a "complete disgrace".
In the Media by AFP

US envoy asked to visit Taiji to see 'humane' dolphin hunt

Tokyo - The US ambassador to Japan should visit Taiji to see the "humane" killing methods used in the dolphin hunt, a local fisheries official said Tuesday, days after Caroline Kennedy tweeted her disapproval of the slaughter.
In the Media by Harumi Ozawa (AFP)

US envoy Kennedy tweets concern at Japanese dolphin hunt

Tokyo - US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has tweeted her concern at the "inhumaneness" of a Japanese village's traditional dolphin hunt."Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing.
In the Media by AFP

Study highlights ecological fallout as carnivore numbers decline

Afraid of the wolf? The world will be a whole lot scarier if wolves and other large carnivores become extinct, according to a new study published Friday by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), in collaboration with the University of Montana.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 7 comments

Op-Ed: Behind-the-scenes at the Royal Ontario Museum Special

A visit to the conservation labs at the Royal Ontario Museum is an unusual opportunity to see how artifacts look in a state of “undress”. Here, in the laboratories, conservators work to keep the objects intact, but they also solve mysteries.
Digital Journal Report by Elka Weinstei - 4 comments

Humpback whales return in higher numbers to British Columbia

Humpback whales in a region of British Columbia doubled in number between 2004 and 2011, halting several years of decline.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Saskatchewan scientists working to protect blood-spurting lizard

The Greater Short-Horned Lizard is certainly a unique reptile — to defend itself against predators, it shoots blood from its eyes. However, the impressive lizard is rarely seen and scientists are trying to help remove its "at-risk" status.
In the Media by Michael Thomas

Scotland: Rare Highland birds in focus for new Conservation Week

Findhorn - Scottish conservation charity Trees for Life, engaged in a long term project restoring the ancient Caledonian pine forest, has announced a new conservation week with the focus on iconic and rare birds of the Scottish Highlands.
In the Media by Robert Myles

'Lost world' of eight new species discovered near Loch Ness

Biodiversity studies carried out on a charitable foundation’s ancient woodlands west of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands have unearthed a wide range of rare and endangered species, some previously unknown.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 10 comments
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Two of Major s offspring  Joko and Becky at Parc Zoologique de la Boissiere du Dore
Press Office Parc Zoologique de la Boissiere du Dore, Loire-atlantique, France
Two of Major's offspring, Joko and Becky at Parc Zoologique de la Boissiere du Dore
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Sir Richard Branson is one of several high profile individuals calling for the ban of shark fin soup...
WildAid.org
Sir Richard Branson is one of several high profile individuals calling for the ban of shark fin soup.
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Upper Ball s Falls in autumn colours.
Upper Ball's Falls in autumn colours.
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Balls Fall s  fall scenes.
Balls Fall's, fall scenes.
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Balls Fall s  fall scenes.
Balls Fall's, fall scenes.
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Mother and young rhinoceros killed for their horns. At the beginning of the 20th century there were ...
Hein waschefort
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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Ball s Falls  fall scenes.
Ball's Falls, fall scenes.
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A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad at night.
Froglife
A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad at night.
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A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad on the road.
Froglife
A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad on the road.
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Upper Falls at Ball s Falls conservation area.
Upper Falls at Ball's Falls conservation area.
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Nature Seekers Grand Riviere
Nature Seekers Grand Riviere
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Deforestation in Amazonia  seen from satellite.
NASA
Deforestation in Amazonia, seen from satellite.
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Aphids - Cinara Smolandiae on juniper tree
Image Courtesy Trees for Life
Aphids - Cinara Smolandiae on juniper tree
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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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Volunteers help plant trees on National Tree Day.
Volunteers help plant trees on National Tree Day.
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Volunteers queue up (get in line – American translation) for the free BBQ.
Volunteers queue up (get in line – American translation) for the free BBQ.
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Lowr falls at Balls Fall s  fall scenes.
Lowr falls at Balls Fall's, fall scenes.
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National Tree Day volunteers receive instructions from a supervisor.
National Tree Day volunteers receive instructions from a supervisor.
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A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad on wood.
Froglife
A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad on wood.
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Church at Ball s Falls Conservation park.
Church at Ball's Falls Conservation park.
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