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Bangladesh hopes to rekindle passion to save rare crocodiles

Dhaka - Bangladeshi conservationists introduced two rare river-dwelling crocodiles to potential mates Sunday in a last-ditch attempt to save the critically-endangered species from extinction.

Giant panda gives birth to twins at record 23 years old

Bejing - Zookeepers never expected the 23-year-old giant panda to give birth again when she was moved to a nature reserve in southwest China to live out the rest of her days.

China welcomes world's first panda born to wild and captive parents

Bejing - China has welcomed the world's first giant panda cub born to a mixed pair of captive and wild parents, the official Xinhua news agency said.

US firms buying timber from illegal PNG logging: NGO

Port Moresby - American consumers may be fuelling logging linked to illegal land grabs in Papua New Guinea which have devastated local communities and the world's third largest tropical rain forest, Global Witness said Tuesday.

Mongolians' best friend: saving herder dogs on the steppes

Ulan Bator - The large stray with a lion-like mane and fur curled into dreadlocks looked no different from the mangy mutts roaming Mongolia's capital when his future owner found him years ago.

Woman held at S.Africa airport for rhino horn smuggling

Johanesburg - South African police Wednesday arrested a 24-year-old woman with 20 kilogrammes of rhino horn before boarding a flight bound for Hong Kong, a spokesman said.The woman whose nationality has not been revealed, was detained at Johannesburg's O.R.

Researchers mourn killing of Cecil the lion's cub

Johanesburg - A trophy hunter in Zimbabwe has shot dead a cub of Cecil the lion whose death in 2015 caused worldwide outrage, researchers tracking the pride confirmed Friday.

Malaysia arrests Vietnamese man for 'ivory smuggling'

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian authorities have arrested a Vietnamese man and seized a stash of elephant ivory worth almost $70,000, an official said Monday, highlighting the country's role as a hub for the wildlife-smuggling trade.

Cook Islands creates huge Pacific Ocean reserve

Wellington - The Cook Islands has created one of the world's largest marine sanctuaries, protecting a vast swathe of the Pacific Ocean more than three times the size of France.Legislation setting up the 1.

Chinese man arrested in Botswana over donkey skin trade

Gaborone - A Chinese man alleged to be involved in Botswana's illegal donkey skin trade has been arrested after being found with 500 animals suffering in dire conditions, police said Thursday.

200 green activists killed in 2016, record toll: watchdog

Paris - At least 200 environmental campaigners and protectors -- 40 percent from indigenous tribes -- were murdered around the world in 2016, the deadliest year on record, the watchdog organisation Global Witness said Thursday.

Three tonnes of ivory seized in Vietnam

Hanoi - Vietnamese authorities have seized nearly three tonnes of ivory hidden among boxes of fruit, officials said Sunday, the latest haul to spotlight the country's key role in the global wildlife smuggling trade.

UNESCO keeps Great Barrier Reef off 'in danger' list

Varsovia - UNESCO said Thursday its World Heritage Committee (WHC) had decided not to place Australia's Great Barrier Reef on its list of sites "in danger" despite concern over coral bleaching.

World's biggest fishing firms sign up to protect oceans

To protect overfishing and to maintain an ecological balance a group of major international fishing companies are working together. The scope of works centers around a new charter.

Antarctic researchers take icy plunge to mark solstice

Sydney - Antarctic researchers welcomed the winter solstice with an exhilarating plunge into icy waters Wednesday as they look forward to brighter days after weeks of darkness.

Atlantic salmon declines worsen, conservationists report

The population estimate for North American Atlantic salmon in 2016 was dismal, coming in lower than the year before and raising the specter of an even worse decline for 2017, according to conservationists.

Cyprus struggles to tackle 'industrial' songbird poaching

Nicosia - Volunteers and police in Cyprus are struggling to tackle illegal songbird trapping operations that kill millions of birds a year and net huge profits for poaching gangs.

Hong Kong launches ivory ban bill

Hong Kong - Hong Kong launched a landmark bill to ban its ivory trade Wednesday, describing it as an effort to "eradicate" the illegal poaching of elephants.

Australia builds huge cat-proof fence to save native animals

Sydney - Australia has begun constructing a huge cat-free zone in the desert so it can reintroduce native animals that have been pushed to the brink of extinction by the feral predator.

Indonesia seizes pangolins, scales worth $190,000

Medan - Indonesian authorities have seized hundreds of critically endangered pangolins and scales in a haul worth $190,000 after uncovering a major smuggling operation, an official said Wednesday.

African park ranger hits out at Hong Kong ivory trade

Hong Kong - A frontline park ranger from the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday delivered an emotive testimony to legislators against the ivory trade in Hong Kong, as the city faces criticism over how it plans to phase out the trade.

Big drop in global cheetah numbers

There are only 7,100 cheetahs remaining in the wild. This had led to conservationists to renew calls for the big cats to be declared endangered.

Chemical cocktail found in Barrier Reef turtles

Sydney - Human medicines and household substances have been discovered in the blood of green turtles in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, researchers said Friday, highlighting the impact of man-made matter on marine life.

Great Barrier Reef bleaching worse than first thought

Sydney - Coral bleaching on Australia's Great Barrier Reef is worse than first thought and the impact will accelerate unless global greenhouse gas emissions are cut, scientists said Monday.

Saving Pakistan's lost city of Mohenjo Daro

Karachi - The centre of a powerful ancient civilisation, Mohenjo Daro was one of the world's earliest cities -- a Bronze Age metropolis boasting flush toilets and a water and waste system to rival many in modern Pakistan.

Hatchlings raise hope for Cambodia's endangered 'Royal Turtle'

Phnom Penh - The birth of nine Cambodian royal turtle hatchlings has sparked hope for the future of a species on the brink of extinction, conservationists said Wednesday.

Public asked to name rare albino orangutan

Jakarta - The public are being asked to name a rare albino orangutan rescued in the Indonesian part of Borneo island, with conservationists saying she has become an "ambassador" for the threatened species.

France bans captive breeding of dolphins, killer whales

Paris - France on Saturday banned the breeding in captivity of dolphins and killer whales under tighter rules that campaigners hope will eventually herald the end of shows involving the animals.

Jamie Oliver sparks fish fuss in Iceland

Reykjav - "What a view!!" Britain's celebrity chef Jamie Oliver exclaimed under a photo he posted on Facebook of a salmon farming cage nestled in a snowy fjord.

Vinegar offers hope in Barrier Reef starfish battle

Sydney - Coral-munching crown-of-thorns starfish can be safely killed by common household vinegar, scientists revealed Thursday in a discovery that offers hope for Australia's struggling Great Barrier Reef.
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Volunteers queue up (get in line – American translation) for the free BBQ.
A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad at night.
A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad at night.
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Balls Fall's, fall scenes.
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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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Church at Ball's Falls Conservation park.
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For some books, older ways of book conservation are required using the equipment of yesteryear.
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Aphids - Cinara Smolandiae on juniper tree
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Two of Major's offspring, Joko and Becky at Parc Zoologique de la Boissiere du Dore
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The African lion population is shrinking due to habitat loss, lack of prey and violent contact with humans, including trophy hunting. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing that these animals be protected as an endangered species.
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Atlantic salmon released on Bonaventure River, Quebec, Canada.
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PERFECT: U.S. and California National Guard firefighters practice water drops near Lake Pardee in April in anticipation of a tough fire season with the Golden State in its fourth year of drought.
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Sir Richard Branson is one of several high profile individuals calling for the ban of shark fin soup.
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Nature Seekers Grand Riviere
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A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad on the road.
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Upper Falls at Ball's Falls conservation area.
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Volunteers help plant trees on National Tree Day.
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Ball's Falls, fall scenes.
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Controlled burns are rarely done, making the life of a Venus flytrap all that much harder. This plant is almost hidden in the grasses.
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National Tree Day volunteers receive instructions from a supervisor.
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Upper Ball's Falls in autumn colours.