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Record coral kill-off on Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - A mass bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef this year killed more corals than ever before, scientists said Tuesday, sounding the alarm over the delicate ecosystem.

Record coral kill-off on Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - A mass bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef this year killed more corals than ever before, scientists said Tuesday, sounding the alarm over the delicate ecosystem.

Record coral kill-off on Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - A mass bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef this year killed more corals than ever before, scientists said Tuesday, sounding the alarm over the delicate ecosystem.

Military veterans seek new role in S.Africa poaching war

In another life, Lynn was a sniper in Afghanistan, Damien trained paramilitary forces in Iraq, and John worked undercover infiltrating drug cartels in central America.

Montenegro's shunned donkeys milk new health trend

Pod - Machines long ago usurped a donkey's traditional role as the farmer's beast of burden, but the animals are winning new fans in Montenegro -- thanks to their luxury milk.

Vietnam destroys huge ivory, rhino horn cache

Hanoi - Vietnam destroyed a huge stockpile of ivory and rhino horn Saturday, urging the public to stop consuming illegal wildlife products driving several species towards extinction.

Deal struck for world's biggest marine reserve in Antarctica

Sydney - The world's largest marine reserve aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica will be created after a "momentous" agreement was finally reached Friday, with Russia dropping its long-held opposition.

Deal struck for world's biggest marine reserve in Antarctica

Sydney - The world's largest marine reserve aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica will be created after a "momentous" agreement was finally reached Friday, with Russia dropping its long-held opposition.

Deal struck for world's biggest marine reserve in Antarctica

Sydney - The world's largest marine reserve aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica will be created after a "momentous" agreement was finally reached Friday, with Russia dropping its long-held opposition.

Humanity decimating planetary wildlife

Paris - Nearly three-fifths of all animals with a backbone -- fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals -- have been wiped out since 1970 by human appetites and activity, according to a grim study released Thursday.

Japan, West clash over 'cultural' whale hunts

Portoroz - Japan pleaded with the world's whaling watchdog Wednesday to allow small hunts by coastal communities, arguing that for three decades these groups had been unjustly barred from a traditional source of food.

Whaling nations vote down bid for South Atlantic sanctuary

Portoroz - Whaling nations defeated a renewed bid Tuesday by southern hemisphere states to create an Atlantic sanctuary for the marine mammals hunted to near extinction in the 20th century.

Several species of bee declared endangered in the U.S.

Further troubling news for bees, and with it worrying news for agriculture, with seven new species of bee being declared at risk in the U.S. The bees have been placed on the list of endangered species.

Whalers in crosshairs at international huddle

Paris - More than 80 nations square off in Slovenia next week over the fate of the world's remaining whales, facing a multitude of perils from meat hunters and ship strikes to getting snared in fishing gear.

Ocean warning for Pacific's Melanesia

Wellington - Marine ecosystems in one of the Pacific's most vulnerable regions face decline unless they are better managed, a WWF report warned Tuesday.

Indonesian police seize tiger skin, deer genitals

Medan - Three Indonesian men have been arrested for allegedly trading in protected species, with police seizing animal parts including a tiger skin, deer genitalia and pangolin scales, an official said Monday.

Hong Kong mourns world's oldest captive giant panda

Hong Kong - Visitors to a Hong Kong theme park mourned the world's oldest captive giant panda Jia Jia Monday, a day after she died there aged 38.

Indonesia turtles find new freedom as they scurry into sea

Indonesia - A group of turtles scurried down a beach and glided into the sea, enjoying their newfound freedom after being cared for at an Indonesian conservation centre.

Indonesia turtles find new freedom as they scurry into sea

Indonesia - A group of turtles scurried down a beach and glided into the sea, enjoying their newfound freedom after being cared for at an Indonesian conservation centre.

Indonesia turtles find new freedom as they scurry into sea

Indonesia - A group of turtles scurried down a beach and glided into the sea, enjoying their newfound freedom after being cared for at an Indonesian conservation centre.

Russia holds key to Antarctic marine sanctuaries

Sydney - Talks opened in Australia on Monday to create two vast marine sanctuaries aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica with Russia and China key to whether they succeed.

Russia holds key to Antarctic marine sanctuaries

Sydney - Talks opened in Australia on Monday to create two vast marine sanctuaries aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica with Russia and China key to whether they succeed.

Russia holds key to Antarctic marine sanctuaries

Sydney - Talks opened in Australia on Monday to create two vast marine sanctuaries aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica with Russia and China key to whether they succeed.

Syrian seed bank moved away from the war zone

With the horrific war continuing in Syria, biologists have taken steps to protect the Syrian seed bank to ensure that precious strains are protected and conserved for future research.

British Library's conservation project Special

London - The British Library hosts a rich and vibrant expanse of information and knowledge, sound and imagery from across our world. To preserve the older items in the collection, a slow and complex conservation project is on-going.

Two tonnes of ivory seized in Vietnam

Hanoi - Around two tonnes of ivory hidden in a timber shipment from Mozambique has been seized in Vietnam, customs authorities said Friday, the second large haul of the illegally-trafficked product in a week.

New attempt to protect elephants from poachers fails

A renewed attempt to provide the maximum level of international protection to all African elephants has stalled, with government representatives and campaign groups at a conference in Johannesburg.

Namibia, Zimbabwe lose vote to allow ivory trade: CITES

Johanesburg - The global conference that governs wildlife trade voted Monday against proposals by Namibia and Zimbabwe to be allowed to sell their ivory internationally, in a move welcomed by many conservationists.

Two accused in S. African court for 'freeing' endangered penguin

Port Elizabeth - Two men have appeared in court in South Africa accused of stealing a penguin called "Buddy" from a marine park and releasing him into the sea, police said Friday.

Tough times for S.Africa's all-female anti-poaching unit

- South Africa's all-female "Black Mambas" anti-poaching team had never lost a rhino since they were formed in 2013, but the killing of two animals earlier this month shattered their proud record.
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The Minnesota DNR and Minnesota Zoo have teamed up to bring back rare bison.
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A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad at night.
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Tour the Grist Mill heritage building in the Ball's Falls conservation area.
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Deforestation in Amazonia, seen from satellite.
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Church at Ball's Falls Conservation park.
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A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad on wood.
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National Tree Day volunteers receive instructions from a supervisor.
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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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For some books, older ways of book conservation are required using the equipment of yesteryear.
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Upper Falls at Ball's Falls conservation area.
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