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Scientists accidentally helping poachers to find rare species

Scientists have sent out a warning about publishing the location and habitat of endangered animals in scientific journals. Wildlife poachers are trawling online publications to target rare and exotic species as soon as the animals are described online.

Night-flying drones combat Africa's poaching problem

Wildlife conservationists fighting poaching in Africa are being assisted from on high — by unmanned aerial drones that expose poachers. The drones are also helping to stabilize the tourism industry, which has been severely impacted by wildlife deaths.

Realistic undercover robot animals help officials snare poachers

Wildlife officials have a new breed of undercover agents: Robotic animals that are more than just taxidermy specimens. These animals are actually so realistic they are used to snare poachers all across the U.S.

Newly discovered species being targeted by poachers

Poachers are targeting newly discovered species of value by reviewing reported findings made to scientific journals. In response, many journals are removing location details from papers.

Prince Harry joins war against poachers in Africa

Prince Harry has joined the fight against rhino poachers in Africa. The prince has joined a specialist army unit in Kruger Park.

African vulture populations declining at alarming rate

After experiencing an alarmingly swift decline over the past several decades, six species of African vultures are now likely to qualify as 'Critically Endangered' by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Spy cams on rhinos will catch poachers

A new camera is being used to fight poaching and, if it works, rhinoceros poachers could end up being caught in the act.

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.

Tiger skins are 'like fingerprints'

Individual tigers can be identified through the stripes and patterns on their skin. Each pattern is unique to individual tigers. A collaboration of world governments aim to use this information to track poaching across the globe.

Kruger National Park to evacuate rhinos for their own protection

Nearly 280 rhinos have already been killed in South Africa's Kruger National Park this year, and park officials are considering a unique plan to protect the endangered animals. In order to "spread the risk," they are thinking of moving the rhinos.

Hannibal's main weapon against Romans may be nearing extinction

Nairobi - Once the weapon of mass destruction for Hannibal, African elephants could become extinct. Despite some success in curbing their poaching, more are dying than being born in Africa.

Op-Ed: Will rhino horn ban be lifted, following increased slaughter?

Bangkok - Rhino poachers have been busy in 2013. It is only early March and already there are reports of 146 animals illegally killed this year. In 2012, 668 Rhinos were illegally killed.

Op-Ed: Ivory poaching in Africa threatens future of wildlife

Elephant poaching in Africa is on the increase. The reason is an increased demand for ivory. The finger of blame is pointing at China, reports the BBC.

'Asian unicorns' critically endangered and facing extinction

The Indochina native saola, also known as the "Asian unicorn" is facing the threat of being wiped off the face of the earth due to indirect poaching. Conservationists hope to rescue these critically endangered animals before it's too late.

Thousands of Africa's elephants killed for record ivory stash

It's a big business year for illegal African ivory. A record number of ivory seizures were made globally this year, produced by an enormous surge in elephant poaching.

South Africa takes tougher stance on rhino poachers Special

Pretoria - The acting commander of South Africa’s armed forces, Lieutenant General Themba Matanzima, has warned rhino poachers and other transgressors: “We don’t want any casualties and pulling a gun against a soldier is the last thing they should attempt."

Crocodiles kill eight poachers and injure another in Zimbabwe

Authorities in Zimbabwe say that poachers have not been discouraged from fishing in a lake near the country's capital Harare, despite the deaths of eight men and women who fell victims to crocodiles.

Kenyan Rangers Arrest Poachers After Rare White Rhino Killing

Game rangers in Kenya have arrested 12 suspected rhino poachers after a rare 10-year-old female white rhino was shot its horns hacked off for sale overseas as an aphrodisiac.

Tigers Disappear From Himalayan Refuge

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is alarmed by the dramatic decline of at least 30 percent in the Bengal tiger population of Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve in Nepal.

Forest Rangers Kill Two Rhino Poachers in Kaziranga

Wildlife authorities warned poachers that if they came after rhinos in Kaziranga park, they would be killed and that is just what happened, one day after the warning was issued.

6 Rare Rhinos Killed in India

Poachers have killed 6 rare one-horned rhinoceros in India.

More Rare Lions Killed By Poachers

Forestry officials report that three more lions have been killed raising the count to a shocking six killed within the last month.

Hong Kong animal smuggler held

A man was arrested at Hong Kong airport when authorities found rare and endangered animals in his suitcase- animals such as a live crocodile and 46 turtles and tortoises.

Poachers Feed Big Egos With Big Antlers

A bighorn sheep lay in a field, its head missing. In nearby Elko, three elk and five deer died from gunshot wounds, thier carcasses rotting in the hills.

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Rhino on private reserve in Mpumalanga  Mpumalanga.
Rhino on private reserve in Mpumalanga, Mpumalanga.
Nick Roux
Scales of Ground Pangolin Manis temminckii
Scales of Ground Pangolin Manis temminckii'
Joxerra Aihartza
Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) photographed in Kandy  Sri Lanka.
Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) photographed in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
Dushy Ranetunge
This drone has a Go Pro camera mounted underneath and can go anywhere
This drone has a Go Pro camera mounted underneath and can go anywhere
Don McCullough from Santa Rosa, CA, USA (CC BY 2.0)

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