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Zimbabwe hunter given bail over death of Cecil the lion

Hwange - A professional Zimbabwean hunter was granted bail Wednesday on charges of "failing to prevent an illegal hunt" after he organised an expedition in which an American dentist killed a lion popular with tourists.

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.

U.S. govt sued over sea turtles snared in shrimp nets

Miami - Tens of thousands of endangered sea turtles die every year in the United States when they are inadvertently snared in shrimp nets, an environmental group alleged in a lawsuit filed against the government.

Conservation protection announced for the Pitcairn Islands

Adamstown - The U.K. is set to establish the largest, continuous marine reserve in the world. The reserve will be based around the Pitcairn Islands, which are located in the Pacific Ocean.

More than two million migratory birds killed in Cyprus

Nicosia - More than two million migratory birds were killed in Cyprus last autumn to feed an illicit taste for the delicacy on the Mediterranean island, a conservationist group said Monday.

China ivory carving ban a 'symbolic' move: wildlife group

Bejing - Beijing has imposed a one-year ban on imports of ivory carvings as critics say rising Chinese demand threatens African elephants with extinction, but campaigners described the move as "more symbolic than effective" Friday.

Boosting frog populations by creating aquatic nurseries

A new study suggests that mimicking the rainforest water holes left by peccaries can help boost frog populations and to preserve some endangered species.

Japan whaling ships set out for Antarctic — to count, not hunt

Toukyo - Japanese whaling ships set sail for the Antarctic on Thursday on the look out for whales, but only to count them and take skin samples, after a UN court ordered an end to the annual hunt.

British bat numbers increase after years of decline

Numbers of bats from the the most common species found in the U.K. are stable or increasing following several years of decline. The rise in bat populations has come from a key citizen science project.

Elephant slaughter, ivory sales 'out of control': conservationists

Nairobi - The slaughter of Africa's elephants and the illegal trade in ivory in China are "out of control" and could push wild elephants to extinction within a generation, conservationists said Tuesday.

Elephant slaughter, ivory sales 'out of control': conservationists

Nairobi - The slaughter of Africa's elephants and the illegal trade in ivory in China are "out of control", conservationists said Tuesday, with wild elephants potentially disappearing within a generation.

Saving the world’s most endangered antelope Special

Nairoba - There are fewer than 240 hirola antelope remaining in the world. A new conservation project has established a conservation project to protect the last remaining animals.

Vietnam seizes over 1,000 dead endangered sea turtles

Hanoi - Vietnam's environmental police have seized a record haul of over 1,000 endangered sea turtles which were being prepared for illegal export to China, an official said Tuesday.

Tanzania president vows never to expel Maasai

Dar Es Salaam - Tanzania's president has vowed never to evict the Maasai people from their traditional lands, which activists claimed were threatened by plans for a hunting reserve for the wealthy.

Tanzania threat to 'evict' 40,000 for hunting park: campaigners

Dar Es Salaam - Tanzania will evict thousands of members of the Maasai community from their traditional lands if it goes ahead with plans to create a hunting park, campaigners claimed Tuesday.

Chinese officials 'on illegal African ivory buying sprees'

Bejing - Chinese diplomatic and military staff went on buying sprees for illegal ivory while on official visits to East Africa, sending prices soaring, an environmental activist group said Thursday.

New plan for stewardship and conservation in Canada

Toronto - The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) and the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) are to work together in order to “enhance the stewardship and conservation practices” in Canada.
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