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Kakapow! Rare world's fattest parrot has record breeding season

Wellington - The world's fattest parrot, the critically endangered kakapo, has enjoyed a record breaking breeding season, New Zealand scientists said Thursday, with climate change possibly aiding the species' unique mating spree.

China seizes nearly 2,750 elephant tusks in huge bust

Bejing - Chinese authorities have seized 7.5 tonnes of ivory -- 2,748 elephant tusks -- in one of the biggest busts in recent years as the country cracks down on the sale of illegal wildlife products.

Death in China zoo puts rarest turtle on cusp of oblivion

Shanghai - The world's rarest turtle has moved a step closer to extinction after a female specimen died in a Chinese zoo, leaving behind just three known members of the species.

Vietnam man arrested smuggling tiger skin, bones to China

Hanoi - A Vietnamese man has been arrested for attempting to smuggle an entire tiger skin and tiger bones into China, police said Thursday in the southeast Asian country where illegal wildlife trade flourishes.

Russian officials agree to free 'whale jail' animals

Moscow - Russian officials said Monday they will work towards freeing all orca and beluga whales from a notorious facility in the east of the country, after a visit by US-based marine mammal advocates.

Against the tide: Thai 'floating temple' defies coastal erosion

Amphoe Hankha - As sea waters slowly rose around his temple and his neighbours fled inland, Thai abbot Somnuek Atipanyo refused to budge and is today a symbol of the fight to restore the country's fast-eroding coastlines.

Robinson Crusoe island sets example for the world in conservation

San Juan Bautista - For almost a century, the inhabitants of Robinson Crusoe -- named for literature's most famous castaway -- have known that their island's fragile ecosystem depends on them conserving its unique wildlife.

Giant tortoise thought extinct is found on Galapagos

Quito - Conservationists in the Galapagos Islands have found a giant tortoise from a species thought to have become extinct more than a century ago.

Planned hippo cull in Zambia sparks fury

Lusaka - Zambia plans to slaughter 2,000 hippopotamuses to control overpopulation, officials said Wednesday, as conservationists lashed the scheme as a ploy to make money from trophy hunters.

Spain police seize over 200 stuffed endangered animals

Madrid - Spanish police said Tuesday they had seized more than 200 stuffed endangered animals, including giraffes, rhinos, lions and tigers, from an illegal taxidermy workshop that was selling them online.

Malaysia makes record 30-tonne pangolin seizure

Port Dickson - Malaysian authorities have made a record seizure of about 30 tonnes of pangolins and their scales worth some $2 million in raids on major processing facilities, police and environmentalists said Tuesday.

London Zoo not to blame for death of Sumatran tiger: manager

London - London Zoo on Monday denied it was responsible for the death of an endangered Sumatran tiger mauled by a potential mate brought in as part of a breeding programme.

India milks a profit in quest to bump camel numbers

Rani - On the edge of the Indian desert, Lakshman Raika boils tea with fresh milk from one of his camels, gently stirring the brew his tribal herdsman have consumed for generations.

Canada paid a high price for oil pipeline: budget watchdog

Ottawa - A watchdog said Thursday Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid more than he needed to for a controversial oil pipeline to the Pacific -- which could come back to haunt him in October elections.

Senate makes a tough choice — Salmon or sea lions?

A bill that would make it easier to kill sea lions that feast on imperiled salmon in the Pacific Northwest has cleared the U.S. Senate.

Malaysia torches 2.8 tonnes of African pangolin scales

Port Dickson - Malaysia on Thursday torched nearly three tonnes of seized scales of endangered pangolins worth $9 million in a bid to deter illegal wildlife trafficking from Africa.

New Zealand whale strandings 'linked to ocean warming'

Wellington - More than 50 beached pilot whales perished in New Zealand Friday, the latest in a spate of mass strandings this week that experts have linked to rising ocean temperatures.

145 whales die on remote New Zealand beach

Wellington - Up to 145 pilot whales have died in a mass stranding in a remote part of New Zealand, with authorities saying Monday they made the "heart-breaking" decision to euthanise dozens that lay stricken on the shore.

Sotheby's latest auction house to end rhino horn sales

Fpo - Sotheby's on Saturday became the latest international auction house to end the sale of rhino horn artefacts, withdrawing antique lots from an upcoming event in Hong Kong following an outcry from environmental groups.

Keen to see a komodo dragon? $500 please, says Indonesian governor

Kupang - Tourists keen for a close-up look at komodo dragons in their natural habitat could be hit with an alarming bill, if one Indonesian politician gets his way.

The last six mountain caribou in U.S. being sent to Canada

The six remaining members of the South Selkirk caribou herd remaining in the lower 48 states are being moved further north into British Columbia, Canada, a desperate measure to try to save the mountain caribou's most southerly herds,

Plans for world's largest ocean sanctuary in Antarctic blocked

Sydney - A plan to create the world's largest marine sanctuary in Antarctic waters was shot down when a key conservation summit failed to reach a consensus, with environmentalists on Saturday decrying a lack of scientific foresight.

Palau plans sunscreen ban to save coral

- The tiny Pacific island nation of Palau will ban "reef-toxic" sunscreens from 2020 in what it claims is a world-first initiative to stop chemical pollution killing its famed corals.

Two rhinos die in Chad after being relocated from S.Africa

Johanesburg - Two of six critically endangered black rhinos have died of unknown causes five months after being flown from South Africa to Chad in a pioneering project to re-introduce the animals, officials said Sunday.

S.Africa divers risk all to poach marine delicacies for China diners

Cape Town - One Saturday night in August, Deurick van Blerk, 26, climbed into his small boat off the coast of Cape Town on another of his illegal fishing expeditions. He never returned.

Vietnam makes fresh ivory, pangolin haul from Nigeria

Hanoi - Vietnam has seized eight tonnes of pangolin scales and elephant ivory shipped from Nigeria, police said Friday, the second such haul in a week in a country which both consumes and trafficks huge volumes of endangered African wildlife.

S.African lion cubs conceived artificially in world first

Brits - Watching the two little lion cubs boisterously play with each other at a conservation centre outside of South Africa's capital Pretoria, it's hard to see anything out of the ordinary. But these cubs are unique.

Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps supports water conservation

23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps is hard at work with his water conservation efforts with his Colgate partnership.

Belugas adopt toothy whale lost in Canadian waters

Ottawa - A lonely narwhal that strayed far from its Arctic habitat has apparently found a new family in a pod of belugas in Canada's Saint Lawrence River, a marine conservation group said Thursday.

New construction boom threatens Spanish coastline

Begur - Sandwiched between the crystalline blue sea and green pine trees lies Aiguafreda, one of Spain's last largely unspoiled Mediterranean coves, which is threatened by a new building frenzy.
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Two of Major's offspring, Joko and Becky at Parc Zoologique de la Boissiere du Dore
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Ball's Falls, fall scenes.
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A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad on wood.
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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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A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad at night.
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Lowr falls at Balls Fall's, fall scenes.
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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.
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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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Volunteers help plant trees on National Tree Day.
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Aphids - Cinara Smolandiae on juniper tree
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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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Balls Fall's, fall scenes.
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Volunteers queue up (get in line – American translation) for the free BBQ.
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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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Upper Falls at Ball's Falls conservation area.
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Upper Ball's Falls in autumn colours.
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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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Tour the Grist Mill heritage building in the Ball's Falls conservation area.
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