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Tusker Day 2014: save the elephants Special

A new campaign day has been established to help highlight the plight of African elephants. The event is called Tusker Day and it takes place on September 22nd.

Whaling meeting heaps pressure on Japan - but rejects sanctuary bid

Portoroz - The world's whaling watchdog agreed Thursday to toughen scrutiny of Antarctic hunts which Japan conducts in the name of science, but rejected a bid to expand protection in the South Atlantic.

Global wild tiger population to be counted by 2016

Dhaka - Thirteen countries with wild tiger populations agreed Tuesday to take part in a global count to establish how many of the critically endangered big cats are left and improve policies to protect them.

Whaling: Greenland hunt gets okay, Iceland blasted

Portoroz - The International Whaling Commission (IWC) gave aboriginal Greenlanders the go-ahead Monday to kill hundreds of whales even as Iceland came under fire for contravening a ban on commercial hunting.

A step forward in shark conservation

All trade in five named species of sharks is to be regulated. This means that fishing for the sharks is restricted and to do so without a permit will be illegal across most parts the world.

Half of U.S. bird species under threat

A report from the National Audubon Society suggests that more than half of U.S. bird species are under threat. The reasons given range from displacement to extinction due to climate change.

Increase in California blue whale numbers

San Francisco - Biologists have calculated that the numbers of California blue whales has risen. This means that the population is returning to sustainable levels.

California legislature OK's first statewide plastic bag ban Special

Sacramento - California is poised to become the first state to ban the use of plastic grocery bags under a bill approved by the legislature in August.

Journalist cycles 3,000 kilometers for conservation

Coimbatore - R Kalai Selvan, a television journalist from India, has cycled 3,080 kilometers (1,913 miles), to spread the word about the importance of protecting the Western Ghats, a mountain range in South India, and an important biosphere reserve.

Dolphin hunting season kicks off in Japan

Tokyo - The controversial six-month dolphin hunting season began on Monday in the infamous town of Taiji, but bad weather would delay any killing, a local official told AFP.

Conservation measures need to save black bears

Biologists have recommended that coordinated conservation management is needed to maintain healthy populations of black bears in the Central Interior Highlands of the U.S.

Scaly anteater being eaten into extinction

The scaly anteater, or Pangolin is an oddity in the animal world because it is the only mammal sporting scales. With eight different species, four of them found in Africa, and four found in Asia, they all share something else. They are disappearing.

Iranian and U.N. officials attempt to save the Asiatic cheetah

Tehran - At first glance protecting an endangered cheetah seems straightforward. However the situation in Iran is more complicated than any casual observer could realize.

White House attempts to save the bees

Washington - President Barack Obama has created a new task force to study the recent precipitous decline in the number of bees in the U.S. The new organization will also raise public awareness about the issue.

Japan PM vows efforts to resume commercial whale hunt

Tokyo - Japan's prime minister told parliament Monday he would boost his efforts towards restarting commercial whaling, despite a top UN court's order that Tokyo must stop killing whales in the Antarctic.

Hunch-bat, Zorro snake among new Mekong species

Hanoi - From a hunch-backed bat to a giant flying squirrel, scientists have identified 367 new species in the Greater Mekong area since 2012, according to a new WWF report.

Man convicted over orangutan, tiger skulls in Australia

Sydney - A man was Friday convicted on 24 charges of possessing illegal wildlife products, including orangutan and tiger skulls, following the biggest seizure of such items in Australian history.

Japan kicks off first whale hunt since UN court ruling

- A Japanese whaling fleet left port Saturday under tight security, marking the first hunt since the UN's top court last month ordered Tokyo to stop killing whales in the Antarctic.

Japan to redesign Antarctic whale hunt after UN court ruling

Tokyo - Japan said Friday it would redesign its controversial Antarctic whaling mission in a bid to make it more scientific, after a United Nations court ruled it was a commercial hunt masquerading as research.

Japan e-commerce giant Rakuten halts whale meat sales

Tokyo - Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten said Friday it has told online retailers to stop selling whale meat after a UN court ordered an end to the country's Antarctic whale hunt.

Japan cancels next Antarctic whaling hunt

Tokyo - Japan is cancelling its next Antarctic whaling hunt for the first time in more than 25 years, an official said Thursday, just days after the UN's International Court of Justice ordered an end to the controversial practice.

Sea Shepherd campaigners return after anti-whaling mission

Hobart - Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd have returned to land after their longest-ever anti-whaling campaign in the Southern Ocean, claiming to have saved more than 750 whales in their annual high seas showdown with Japanese whalers.

Canada offers tax breaks to promote moose sex

Ottawa - A conservation group has teamed up with the Canadian tax man to offer deductions for land donations to help lovelorn moose.The Nature Conservancy of Canada is looking for land along the border between the country's easternmost Nova Scotia and New Bruns...

Cameraman recounts death of 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin

Sydney - The cameraman who witnessed the death of Australian "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin on Monday revealed a stingray stabbed at him "hundreds of times" and his final words were "I'm dying."The television personality and conservationist, who became world-fa...

Ancient beasts roam Spain's wilderness

Aldeia Da Ponte - In an oak wood spanning the border of Spain and Portugal, an ancient sight unfolds: wild horses, not saddled or shoed, but roaming free as they did centuries ago.Farming has declined in Spain, leaving the countryside deserted, conservationists say.

Op-Ed: Reflections on zoos and euthanasia

The slaughter of giraffe Marius at a Copenhagen zoo has prompted interest in just how many healthy animals are actually slaughtered by zoos in Europe and worldwide. It seems numbers are unknown, however scientific thought is that slaughters are necessary

Sea Shepherd challenges shark kill policy in Australia

Sydney - Militant environmental group Sea Shepherd on Wednesday said it is seeking a Supreme Court injunction to halt a controversial shark culling policy in Western Australia.The group, best known for battling Japanese whalers in the Antarctic, has teamed up w...

Concerted action will secure future of Scotland’s national tree

Forres - Amid much fanfare the native Scots pine was declared Scotland’s national tree, end January, but a leading conservation charity is calling for concerted action to ensure the iconic species has a secure future.

Tour operators fume over Great Barrier Reef dumping plan

Sydney - Furious tourism operators on the Great Barrier Reef on Saturday threatened legal action after approval was given to dump of up to three million cubic metres of dredge waste in park waters.

Australia approves plan to dump dredge spoil in Barrier Reef

Sydney - Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on Friday approved the dumping of up to three million cubic metres of dredge waste in park waters in a move blasted by environmentalists.
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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.
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Volunteers queue up (get in line – American translation) for the free BBQ.
Volunteers queue up (get in line – American translation) for the free BBQ.
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Balls Fall's, fall scenes.
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Deforestation in Amazonia  seen from satellite.
Deforestation in Amazonia, seen from satellite.
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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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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
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Upper Ball s Falls in autumn colours.
Upper Ball's Falls in autumn colours.
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Aphids - Cinara Smolandiae on juniper tree
Aphids - Cinara Smolandiae on juniper tree
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Church at Ball s Falls Conservation park.
Church at Ball's Falls Conservation park.
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Lowr falls at Balls Fall's, fall scenes.
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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
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National Tree Day volunteers receive instructions from a supervisor.
National Tree Day volunteers receive instructions from a supervisor.
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Balls Fall s  fall scenes.
Balls Fall's, fall scenes.
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Upper Falls at Ball s Falls conservation area.
Upper Falls at Ball's Falls conservation area.
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Ball s Falls  fall scenes.
Ball's Falls, fall scenes.
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A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad on wood.
A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad on wood.
Froglife
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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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A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad at night.
A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad at night.
Froglife
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Volunteers help plant trees on National Tree Day.
Volunteers help plant trees on National Tree Day.
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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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