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Indonesian birds on the brink as forests plundered

Bogor - Barely a few days old, perched on a nest of twigs inside an incubator, a newborn Indonesian songbird -- cherished for its melodious chirp -- tweets weakly as a tiny metallic ring is attached to its leg.

Pakistan's Supreme Court overturns ban on hunting rare bird

Islamabad - Pakistan's Supreme Court Friday overturned its decision to ban the hunting of the houbara bustard, a rare desert bird whose meat is prized among Arab sheikhs as an aphrodisiac.

Call for a new charter for trees

London - Several environmental and conservation groups are calling for a new national charter to protect trees and woods from the risks associated with development, disease and climate change.

1,175 rhinos killed by poachers in S.Africa last year

Pretoria - Nearly 1,200 rhinos were killed by poachers in South Africa last year, officials said Thursday, a slight decrease on 2014, but another year of carnage fuelled by Asian-led demand for their horn.

Rare Cambodian elephant footage raises survival hopes

Phnom Penh - Rare footage of an elephant herd roaming through Cambodia's biggest forest sanctuary signals the success of a 14-year conservation programme and raises hopes for the endangered species' survival, an environment group said on Friday.

Guarding the ghost fleet of Mallows Bay

In a quiet inlet halfway down the Potomac River, Don Shomette pushes off a muddy landing in his weather-beaten canoe.

Sea Shepherd warns Japan against resuming whaling

Sydney - Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd warned Japan on Sunday against resuming "research" whaling in the Antarctic and called on the Australian government to intervene.

Japan to resume 'research' whaling in Antarctic: Media

Toukyo - Japan will resume "research" whaling in the Antarctic by the end of March next year, local media reported Saturday, despite a call by global regulators for more evidence that the expeditions have a scientific purpose.

S.African judge lifts domestic ban on rhino horn trade

Pretoria - A South African judge on Thursday lifted a domestic ban on trade in rhino horns, in a direct challenge to government policy put in place in 2009 to try to stem rocketing poaching numbers.

Over half of world's primates on brink of extinction: experts

Singapore - More than half the world's primates, including apes, lemurs and monkeys, are facing extinction, international experts warned Tuesday, as they called for urgent action to protect mankind's closest living relatives.

Zimbabwe journalists arrested over elephant poisoning story

Harare - Zimbabwean police on Tuesday arrested three journalists at a state newspaper over a story implicating police and parks officers in the poisoning of some 60 elephants, saying their report was false.

Fishing main hurdle to Antarctic marine reserves: Australia

Sydney - Access to fishing was the main stumbling block to agreement on two vast marine reserves in Antarctica, the head of the Australian delegation to international talks said Saturday.

Deal on Antarctic marine sanctuaries fails

Sydney - International efforts to create two vast marine sanctuaries to protect the pristine wilderness of Antarctica failed Friday for the fifth time, but delegates said China's support for one reserve and Russia's commitment to further talks gave them hope.

22 more elephants poisoned to death in Zimbabwe

Harare - At least 22 more elephants have died from suspected poisoning by poachers near Zimbabwe's main game reserve, a parks official said Tuesday, as conservationists struggle to stem a spate of attacks.

Rubbish haul found in stomach of dead whale in Taiwan

Taipei - Taiwanese marine biologists have discovered a mass of plastic bags and fishing net in the stomach of a dead whale, underlying the dangers posed by floating ocean trash.

Chinese smuggling endangers rare Philippine turtles

Manila - Chinese demand for forest turtles is threatening an endangered species found only on one Philippine island, wildlife officials said Sunday.

Zimbabwe hunter loses bid to have Cecil case dropped

Hwange - The Zimbabwean professional hunter who led the expedition that killed Cecil the lion lost a legal bid on Tuesday to have charges against him dropped.

Zimbabwe court postpones Cecil killing case

Hwange - A Zimbabwean court on Thursday postponed the case against the professional hunter who led the expedition that killed Cecil the lion, after the prosecutor failed to turn up because of illness."The matter has been postponed to October 20.

Zimbabwe drops case against U.S. dentist who killed Cecil the lion

Harare - Zimbabwe on Monday abandoned its bid to press charges against a US dentist who killed Cecil the lion, saying his papers "were in order" and that he did not know he was committing any offence.

El Nino coral damage 'could be worst ever'

Sydney - Scientists Thursday warned the world faced mass global coral bleaching next year driven by the warming effects of the El Nino weather phenomenon, and it could be the worst on record.

New Zealand to create massive marine sanctuary

Auckland - New Zealand has unveiled plans to create a South Pacific marine sanctuary the size of France, saying it would protect one of the world's most pristine ocean environments.

Caring when convenient? A conservation controversy

It takes more than declining population numbers to “threaten” a species. After a lengthy debate U.S. federal authorities determined not to change the status of the greater sage grouse to threatened or endangered.

Conservationists release rare bison into Minneopa State Park

Mankato - A partnership between the Minnesota Zoo and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has led to the release of rare bison and their calves to Minneopa State Park near Mankato.

Zimbabwean behind Cecil hunt due back in court

Hwange - The trial of professional Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst, who led the expedition that killed Cecil the lion, is due to start Monday but his lawyers say they will attempt to have the case thrown out of court.

Tech for tuskers: Protecting Africa's elephants with Google

Mariakani - As elephant poaching in Africa by organised crime gangs using high-tech equipment rises, those working to stop their extinction in the wild have turned to technology too.

U.S. dentist who killed Cecil the lion returns to work

Bloomington - The US dentist who sparked international outrage when he killed Cecil the lion during a hunting trip to Zimbabwe returned to work Tuesday after six weeks in hiding.

S.Africa animal rights group tries to stop big game hunt

Johanesburg - South African animal rights group the NSPCA on Monday said it has obtained a warrant in its attempt to stop a week-long large game hunt that could see hundreds of animals die.

Rate of global forest loss halved: UN report

Durban - The rate at which the world is losing its forests has halved, but an area of woodland the size of South Africa has still been lost since 1990, a UN report revealed Monday.

It's a titi! New monkey species found in Peru

Paris - For nearly a century the carcass of a small, reddish-brown monkey from South America gathered dust in a windowless backroom of the American Natural History Museum in New York City.

Zuma calls Cecil death 'just an incident'

Johanesburg - South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday brushed aside the killing of Zimbabwean lion Cecil, dismissing the animal's death as "just an incident.
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Two of Major s offspring  Joko and Becky at Parc Zoologique de la Boissiere du Dore
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
Upper Falls at Ball s Falls conservation area.
Upper Falls at Ball's Falls conservation area.
Volunteers queue up (get in line – American translation) for the free BBQ.
Volunteers queue up (get in line – American translation) for the free BBQ.
A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad at night.
A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad at night.
Froglife
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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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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Sir Richard Branson is one of several high profile individuals calling for the ban of shark fin soup...
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.
A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad on the road.
A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad on the road.
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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.
Graham Lewis - Wikipedia CC License
Aphids - Cinara Smolandiae on juniper tree
Aphids - Cinara Smolandiae on juniper tree
Image Courtesy Trees for Life
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.
WCNC
Balls Fall s  fall scenes.
Balls Fall's, fall scenes.
Nature Seekers Grand Riviere
Nature Seekers Grand Riviere
Volunteers help plant trees on National Tree Day.
Volunteers help plant trees on National Tree Day.
A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad on wood.
A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad on wood.
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Balls Fall s  fall scenes.
Balls Fall's, fall scenes.
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
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.
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.
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