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It's a titi! New monkey species found in Peru

Paris - For nearly a century the carcass of a small, reddish-brown monkey from South America gathered dust in a windowless backroom of the American Natural History Museum in New York City.

Zuma calls Cecil death 'just an incident'

Johanesburg - South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday brushed aside the killing of Zimbabwean lion Cecil, dismissing the animal's death as "just an incident.

Zimbabwe lifts hunting restrictions imposed after Cecil kill

Harare - Zimbabwean wildlife authorities on Monday partially lifted restrictions on big game hunting imposed earlier this month following the outcry over the killing by a US trophy hunter of Cecil the lion.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe rages against killing of Cecil the lion

Harare - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on Monday criticised the killing of Cecil the Lion, saying the animal was a key part of the country's heritage. "Our wildlife, all our animals, belong to us.

Bangladesh shoots dead six alleged tiger poachers

Dhaka - Bangladesh police Sunday shot dead six alleged tiger poachers in the world's largest mangrove forest as it launched a crackdown following a drastic fall in the number of big cats.

'Cecil the lion' trial postponed in Zimbabwe: judge

Hwange - The trial of professional Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst, who led the expedition that killed Cecil the lion, was postponed on Wednesday until next month after an application from his lawyers.

Swiss seize $400,000 ivory haul in transit to China

Ginebra - A large haul of ivory, worth more than $400,000 on the black market, was seized at Zurich airport last month on its way from Tanzania to China, Swiss authorities said Tuesday.

Another US hunter suspected of illegal Zimbabwe lion kill

Harare - Another US trophy hunter is suspected of killing a lion in Zimbabwe without a permit, authorities in Harare said, days after the killing of Cecil the lion by an American dentist caused global outrage.

Zimbabwe parks confirm Jericho the lion alive amid Cecil furore

Johanesburg - Zimbabwe wildlife authorities on Sunday dismissed rumours that a second lion, known as Jericho, had been slain after the killing last month of Cecil the lion by an American trophy hunter caused a global outcry.

Dentist posed for photo with body of Cecil the lion, says hunter

Johanesburg - Professional Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst told AFP Friday he did nothing wrong on the hunt that killed Cecil the lion, adding he was shocked to find the animal was wearing a tracking collar.

Utility districts cut water use by 27 percent in California

Sacramento - Drought-slammed California could avoid mandatory water rationing next summer if the state's hundreds of utility districts can keep water under control until the next heavy rains arrive.

Zimbabwe seeks US hunter's extradition for killing lion

Harare - Zimbabwe on Friday called for the extradition of Walter Palmer, as AFP learnt that the Minnesota dentist and trophy hunter had posed for a photograph next to the body of Cecil the lion.

US launches investigation into killing of 'Cecil the lion'

Washington - US authorities launched an investigation into the killing of a beloved lion in Zimbabwe, as the American dentist who hunted the big cat remained in hiding amid mounting global outrage.

Hunters fight back after Cecil the lion killing

Johanesburg - Bucking against international outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, professional hunters argue that their industry follows strict rules aimed at preserving wildlife and supporting local people.

Court hearing delayed for Zimbabwe lion hunt co-accused

Hwange - A court hearing for a Zimbabwean landowner who is accused of allowing the hunt that killed Cecil the lion was postponed Thursday amid continuing worldwide outrage at the animal's death.

Zimbabwe hunter given bail over death of Cecil the lion

Hwange - A professional hunter was granted bail on charges of "failing to prevent an illegal hunt" after he organised the expedition on which an American dentist killed Zimbabwe's beloved Cecil the lion.

Zimbabwe pair due in court for killing Cecil the lion

Hwange - Two men were due to appear in a Zimbabwean court on poaching charges Wednesday after a wealthy American dentist killed a beloved lion just outside a national park, sparking criticism around the world.

US dentist named as killer of Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion

Harare - A wealthy American dentist used a bow and arrow to shoot a much-loved Zimbabwean lion called Cecil, a safari industry goup said Tuesday, amid allegations that the animal had taken 40 hours to die.

Australian humpback whale comeback a 'symbol of hope'

Sydney - Australia's humpback populations have recovered so well from years of devastating whaling that they could be delisted as a threatened species in a conservation success story scientists Tuesday hailed as "a symbol of hope".

S.Africa's top poacher-hunting pooch flies into battle

- Barking and snarling in his cage, "Killer" -- South Africa's most successful poacher-catching canine -- looks ready for another helicopter mission tracking down armed hunters who slaughter rhinos for their horns.

Foreign hunter accused of killing much-loved Zimbabwe lion

Harare - A Zimbabwean conservation charity said Monday that a foreign tourist could face criminal charges after allegedly using a bow and arrow to kill a much-loved lion called Cecil.

Indonesia jails orangutan trader caught with baby ape

Jakarta - An Indonesian orangutan trader has been jailed for two years after he was caught trying to sell a baby ape from a backpack, a rare conviction for wildlife crime in the country, authorities said Monday.

After a clean kill, African game-hunters defend the right to shoot

- Adri Kitshoff aims her gun at the antelope and pulls the trigger. Killed in an instant, the animal collapses to the ground.The hunter rests her chin on the gun and closes her eyes in a silent prayer of thanks that the animal did not suffer.

Anger still crackles 30 years after France bombed Greenpeace ship

Wellington - Thirty years after France's deadly bomb attack on the Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand, anger still crackles in Pete Willcox's voice when he discusses the sinking of the Greenpeace flagship.

Australia hails 'tremendous' UN barrier reef decision

Sydney - Australia Thursday hailed a United Nations decision to keep the Great Barrier Reef off its in danger list as "tremendous", but activists warned more must be done to improve the marine park's health.

Japan confirms plan to resume whale hunt

Toukyo - Japan's chief whaling negotiator confirmed Monday its ships would return to the Antarctic this year, despite a call by global regulators to provide more evidence that the hunt has a scientific purpose.

Japan must do more to justify whaling plans: IWC

London - The International Whaling Commission (IWC) on Friday demanded that Japan provide more information to prove that its revised Antarctic whaling programme was for scientific research, saying it could not reach a consensus based on documents submitted.

Entrepreneur brings animal welfare and conservation to the world Special

Several years ago, a young Australian woman invested everything she owned, including selling her car to launch an organization with the aim of changing the way the world connects with wildlife, environmental and animal welfare issues.

Australia welcomes UN call on Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - Australia on Saturday welcomed a draft decision by the United Nations to keep the Great Barrier Reef off its endangered list, but environmentalists warned of ongoing risks to the natural wonder.

Rare birds jammed inside water bottles in Indonesia

Surabaya - Indonesian police have arrested a suspected wildlife smuggler after discovering nearly two dozen rare live birds, mostly yellow-crested cockatoos, jammed inside plastic water bottles in his luggage.
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A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad on the road.
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A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad at night.
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