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African rhinos to be flown to Australia to escape poachers

Johanesburg - A retired South African sales executive who emigrated to Australia 30 years ago is hatching a daring plan to airlift 80 rhinos to his adopted country in a bid to save the species from poachers.

Large parts of Barrier Reef dead in 20 years: scientists

Sydney - Large parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef could be dead within 20 years as climate change drives mass coral bleaching, scientists warned Friday.

Large parts of Barrier Reef dead in 20 years: scientists

Sydney - Large parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef could be dead within 20 years as climate change drives mass coral bleaching, scientists warned Friday.

Large parts of Barrier Reef dead in 20 years: scientists

Sydney - Large parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef could be dead within 20 years as climate change drives mass coral bleaching, scientists warned Friday.

Coral bleaching hits 93% of Great Barrier Reef: scientists

Sydney - Australia's Great Barrier Reef is suffering its worst coral bleaching in recorded history with 93 percent of the World Heritage site affected, scientists said Wednesday as they revealed the phenomenon is also hitting the other side of the country.

First signs of coral bleaching in Sydney Harbour: Scientists

Sydney - Coral bleaching has been detected in Sydney Harbour for the first time, Australian scientists said Tuesday, blaming the damaging phenomenon also found in the Great Barrier Reef on warming sea-surface temperatures.

Tracking elephants as new railway cuts Kenya

Voi - Dangling from a helicopter with a high powered rifle, a Kenyan vet fires drugged darts at elephants to sedate them so they can be fitted with satellite collars.Ten minutes after the elephant is darted, the lumbering creature stumbles, and falls asleep....

Rare crane a boost to Taiwan's troubled wetlands

Taipei - It has a Facebook page, two books and its own brand of rice. A Siberian crane that landed in Taiwan after getting lost on migration over a year ago even made international headlines when it was found wandering outside a train station.

Fugitive S. African lion caught after latest escape

Johanesburg - A runaway South African lion who may be euthanized after repeatedly escaping from a national park has been re-captured, officials said Thursday, adding that a decision would soon be made on his fate.

Worst bleaching on record for Great Barrier Reef: scientists

Sydney - Aerial surveys of Australia's Great Barrier Reef have revealed the worst bleaching on record in the icon's pristine north, scientists said Tuesday, with few corals escaping damage.

Calls for climate action over Great Barrier Reef bleaching

Sydney - Environmental groups on Monday urged greater action on climate change after the government declared the highest alert level over an epidemic of coral bleaching in the pristine northern reaches of Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Two Italians killed in Zimbabwe on anti-poaching patrol

Harare - An Italian father and son who lived in Zimbabwe were shot dead by a wildlife ranger while on an anti-poaching patrol in an apparent case of mistaken identity, a safari industry representative said Monday.

An elephant returns to Somalia for first time in 20 years

Nairobi - An elephant marched hundreds of kilometres and briefly crossed into Somalia this month marking the first time the animal has been seen in the country in 20 years, conservationists said Wednesday.

Once extinct, world's last wild horse returns to Russian steppes

Moscow - If the world's only surviving wild horses had a say in the matter, they might opt for a cosy stable and fresh daily oats, scientists studying them joke.

South African private army protects world's largest rhino farm

- The world's largest rhino farm looks like a vast fortress and is guarded by a private army.

Sea Shepherd struggling to find Japan whaling fleet

Sydney - Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd admitted on Monday it was struggling to find Japanese whaling vessels in the vast Southern Ocean and urged the Australian government to help.

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.
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