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New Caledonia protects huge swathe of coral reefs

Blanchot - New Caledonia agreed Tuesday to tougher protections around a huge swathe of some of the world's last near-pristine coral reefs, in a move conservationists hailed as a major breakthrough.

Icelandic wildlife group calls for hybrid whale killing probe

Reykjav - Icelandic conservationists have asked prosecutors to probe whether the killing of a rare hybrid whale was illegal, a lawyer said on Thursday.

95% of lemur population facing extinction: conservationists

Geneva - Ninety-five percent of the world's lemur population is "on the brink of extinction," making them the most endangered primates on Earth, a leading conservation group said Wednesday.

And then there were 3: 'The last mountain caribou herd'

The South Selkirk mountain caribou herd is unique because it is the only one that roams the Pacific Northwest between Canada and Washington State and Idaho. Sadly, today, there are only three of the “gray ghosts" left.

Tenth rhino dead in Kenya after disastrous transfer

Nairobi - A tenth critically endangered black rhino has been reported dead after a botched operation to move the animals to a new reserve in southern Kenya, the country's tourism minister said on Thursday.

Cloud brightening, 'sun shields' to save Barrier Reef

Sydney - Australia announced plans Friday to explore concepts such as firing salt into clouds and covering swathes of water with a thin layer of film in a bid to save the embattled Great Barrier Reef.

Seven rhinos die after move to a new park in Kenya

Nairobi - Seven out of 14 critically endangered black rhinos died after being moved to a new reserve in southern Kenya, wildlife officials admitted on Friday.

Win for wildlife as krill fishing restricted in Antarctica

Sydney - Five major krill fishing firms Tuesday agreed to halt operations across huge swathes of the Antarctic to help protect wildlife in a move hailed as "bold and progressive" by conservationists.

Artificial intelligence used to identify and count wild animals

Scientists have devised an artificial intelligence platform that can be used to identify, count, and describe wild animals. A trial was recently run as part of a citizen science project.

Dell EMC Canada supports World Oceans Day

Toronto - To mark the recent World Oceans Day, Dell EMC Canada has unveiled a special art installation at Toronto’s Harboufront. The purpose is to help draw attention to the global environmental concern of ocean plastics.

Australia builds world's longest cat-proof fence to save wildlife

Sydney - A conservation agency has constructed what is believed to be the world's longest cat-proof fence in central Australia to save native wildlife and vegetation ravaged by the feline predators.

Canada moves to protect world's largest expanse of boreal forest

Ottawa - Alberta is now home to the largest area of protected boreal forest in the world, following an announcement Tuesday that set aside more than 13,600 square kilometers (5,251 square miles) of land across much of northeast Alberta.

Canada ready to indemnify Trans Mountain pipeline losses: Morneau

Ottawa - Canada pledged Wednesday to compensate the builder of a controversial oil pipeline in British Columbia for any losses that may result from political delays.

Fans jubilant as Bollywood star Salman Khan freed on bail

Jodhpur - Bollywood superstar Salman Khan left prison on Saturday after being granted bail so he can contest a five-year jail sentence for killing rare antelopes.

Japan whalers return from Antarctic hunt after killing 333 whales

Apo - Japanese whaling vessels returned to port on Saturday after catching more than 300 of the mammals in the Antarctic Ocean without facing any protests by anti-whaling groups, officials said.

Indonesian 'house pet' orangutans rescued by activists

Jakarta - Young orangutan Utu clings to one of his rescuers as he is freed from the tiny wooden cage that has been home for five years.The tiny primate, covered in fuzzy auburn hair, is one of three Bornean orangutans saved in Indonesia over the past two weeks.

Hong Kong shops defy ban on trade in pangolin scales

Fpo - On a winding Hong Kong street where shops keep a dizzying array of dried produce, one highly valued ingredient is still being sold despite being subject to an international ban: deep-fried scales of endangered pangolins.

Latin America's 'magic tree' slowly coming back to life

Arroyo Arena - The guaimaro, a highly prized tree bearing nutritious fruit, once abundant throughout South America, is slowly being coaxed back from near extinction in Colombia.Widely adaptable, the tree is resistant to drought -- though not, sadly, to man.

Spotted marsupial returned to mainland Australia after half century

Sydney - A species of spotted marsupial devastated by foxes has been returned to the wild in mainland Australia for the first time in almost 50 years in a rare and landmark conservation success story.

Shipments of protected African species to Asia soar: study

Fpo - Shipments of protected African species including tortoises, pythons and parrots to Asia have soared since 2006 as demand grows in the Far East for exotic pets, meats and other animal products, a new study warned Tuesday.

1.5 million penguins discovered on remote Antarctic islands

Paris - A thriving hotspot of some 1.5 million Adelie penguins has been discovered on the remote Danger Islands in the east Antarctic, surprised scientists announced Friday.

Samoa creates huge shark sanctuary

Wellington - The island nation of Samoa has declared its waters a shark sanctuary, joining a string of other Pacific countries in protecting the marine predators.Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele said the move would help sustain a vital part of the ocean's ecosystem....

Corporations key to rescuing nature, says WWF chief

Paris - A generation ago, the idea of a veteran international banker leading a global organisation charged with saving the planet's dwindling and besieged wildlife would have seemed far-fetched. For some, it still does.

Eight charged in Tanzania with conservationist's murder

Nairobi - A court in Tanzania on Friday charged eight people with the murder of renowned conservationist Wayne Lotter who was shot dead in Dar es Salaam in August.

Galapagos fights temptation of lucrative mass tourism

Puerto Ayora - With its iconic giant tortoises, crested black iguanas, huge ocean manta rays and a veritable menagerie of other cool creatures, the Galapagos Islands are one of the most beautiful places you will probably never visit.Why not?

Leading ivory trade investigator murdered in Kenya

Nairobi - A world-renowned ivory investigator whose detailed reports contributed to the fight against elephant poaching and the illegal wildlife trade, was killed at his home in Kenya, police said Monday.

Indonesian orangutan 'beheaders' claim self-defence: police

Jakarta - Two Indonesian men arrested for shooting an orangutan multiple times and then decapitating it before tossing the corpse into a river, have told investigators they acted in self-defence, police said Thursday.

Hong Kong bans ivory sales in landmark vote

Hong Kong - Hong Kong voted to ban ivory sales in a landmark move Wednesday to end the infamous trade in the city.

Pendjari park hopes to be new elephant sanctuary in West Africa

Natitingou - Matthieu Yoa smiles at a job well done. The ranger and his colleagues have just put a satellite tracking collar on an elephant in the Pendjari National Park in northern Benin.

In the Galapagos, an idyllic hammerhead shark nursery

Santa Cruz - For millions of years, new-born hammerhead sharks have grown up in nurseries sheltered by the mangrove swamps and reefs of the Galapagos Islands, safe from all human threat.
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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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A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad on wood.
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Upper Ball's Falls in autumn colours.
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Two of Major's offspring, Joko and Becky at Parc Zoologique de la Boissiere du Dore
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For some books, older ways of book conservation are required using the equipment of yesteryear.
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Church at Ball's Falls Conservation park.
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Atlantic salmon released on Bonaventure River, Quebec, Canada.
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Volunteers queue up (get in line – American translation) for the free BBQ.
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