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World governments urge end to domestic ivory markets

Miami - In a bid to stop the killing of elephants for their tusks, world governments voted at a major conservation conference to urge the closure of all domestic ivory markets.

Bird friendly gardens can cause more harm than good

Plenty of books and magazine articles encourage people to design their gardens in different ways to attract more birds. A new study suggests this can often causes harm to birds.

Cambodia seizes 600 kilograms of ivory from Africa

Phnom Penh - Cambodian customs Friday seized more than 600 kilograms of illegal ivory in a container packed with corn that had languished unclaimed at a port for two years after being shipped from Africa.

Mystery of missing Jai, India's most beloved tiger

Mumbai - A massive search operation is underway in India for the country's most famous tiger, with millions of adoring fans worried sick about the big cat known as Jai who went missing three months ago.

Kenya's jumbo 'ele-fence' to stop human-wildlife conflict

- Machete in hand, Kenyan farmer Paul Njoroge points at the broken branches and giant footprints where elephants trampled his bananas, maize, potatoes and sugar cane.

Exotic pet trade sends Florida bird rescues soaring

Miami - In this small animal hospital perched on Miami's sun-splashed harbor, some of the most exotic creatures fly in and out of Carla Zepeda's life.

Singapore destroys tonnes of illegal ivory

Singapore - Singapore on Monday crushed and burnt almost eight tonnes of ivory confiscated over two years to try to deter smugglers as activists called for tighter enforcement.Over 2,700 elephant tusks weighing 7.

France seizes 350 kg of ivory

Ivry-sur-seine - French customs said Wednesday that officers had seized over 350 kilogrammes (770 pounds) of elephant tusks in recent weeks, the biggest haul of ivory in the country in ten years.

US announces near-total ban on African elephant ivory trade

Washington - The US authorities announced a near-total ban on the trade of African elephant ivory on Thursday, finalizing a years-long push to protect the endangered animals.

S. African elephant charges action hero Schwarzenegger

Johanesburg - Hollywood action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted that "some of us had to change our pants" after an elephant charged a vehicle he was in while on safari in South Africa.

Killer hippos spread fear among fishermen in Senegal rivers

Ta - Lying in hospital with bloodied bandages over the deep gashes in his legs, Senegalese fisherman Ali Fall recalls the moment a hippopotamus tried to kill him as he hauled in nets in a local river.

Kenya lights world's biggest ivory bonfire, demands tusk trade ban

Nairobi - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta set fire to the world's biggest ivory bonfire Saturday, after demanding a total ban on trade in tusks and horns to end "murderous" trafficking and prevent the extinction of elephants in the wild.

Kenya demands total ivory ban to stop elephant slaughter

Nanyuki - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday demanded a total ban on trade in ivory to end trafficking and prevent the extinction of elephants in the wild."To lose our elephants would be to lose a key part of the heritage that we hold in trust.

Kenya's mega ivory piles 'will burn even if it snows'

Nairobi - Eleven towering piles of ivory rise above the savannah grasslands of Nairobi National Park, ready to be burned Saturday in a symbolic grand gesture against the trade threatening elephants with extinction.

Tracking elephants as new railway cuts Kenya

Voi - Dangling from a helicopter with a high powered rifle, a Kenyan vet fires drugged darts at elephants to sedate them so they can be fitted with satellite collars.Ten minutes after the elephant is darted, the lumbering creature stumbles, and falls asleep....

Ivory trucks arrive in Kenyan capital for mass burning

Nairobi - Truckloads of elephant tusks arrived in the Kenyan capital Friday, collected from across the east African nation ahead of the world's biggest burning of ivory later this month.

Sights of spring along a Hertfordshire waterway Special

Stanstead - Spring, as they say, has sprung and what better time to explore the delights of the English countryside? Digital Journal's London-based reporter takes a wander along the River Lee.

Successful reintroduction of the lynx in Spain

Madrid - A successful captive breeding program has tripled numbers of lynx in Spain. Based on this, attempts may be undertaken to reintroduce the cat into the U.K.

Kenya ivory amnesty ahead of record-breaking tusk burning

Nairobi - Kenya on Wednesday launched a three-week amnesty to hand in ivory and rhino horn ahead of the world's biggest burning of ivory next month.

Cambodia rescues half a tonne of smuggled tortoises, pythons

Kandal - Cambodian authorities rescued more than half a tonne of live tortoises and pythons stolen by smugglers, a forestry official said Tuesday, the latest haul in a country with a thriving illegal wildlife trade.

Searching for the last lions in Nigeria

- Under a starless night sky in Yankari Game Reserve, Martial Kiki stands on the back of a battered pick-up truck searching for the last lions in Nigeria.

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.

An elephant returns to Somalia for first time in 20 years

Nairobi - An elephant marched hundreds of kilometres and briefly crossed into Somalia this month marking the first time the animal has been seen in the country in 20 years, conservationists said Wednesday.

Once extinct, world's last wild horse returns to Russian steppes

Moscow - If the world's only surviving wild horses had a say in the matter, they might opt for a cosy stable and fresh daily oats, scientists studying them joke.

'Alarming' rise in S. Sudan wildlife slaughter: Conservationists

Juba - All sides in South Sudan's civil war have slaughtered wildlife including elephant, giraffe and antelope, conservationists said Thursday, warning huge efforts must be made to protect the surviving animal population.

Kenya's canine cops sniff out illegal ivory

Nairobi - Burrowing deep into a huge pile of jumbled luggage, Dick the dog wags his tail, pawing at a small green rucksack: inside is the hand-sized tip of an elephant's tusk.

Asian wildlife traders harness social media: Conservationists

Kuala Lumpur - Social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram are increasingly being used in Asia as platforms for the illegal trade in a range of threatened species such as orangutan and sun bears, conservation groups said Thursday.

South African private army protects world's largest rhino farm

- The world's largest rhino farm looks like a vast fortress and is guarded by a private army.

Kenya lions 'back in park' after city visit: Rangers

Nairobi - Four lions who went on the prowl in Kenya's capital Nairobi after escaping from a national park have returned to the reserve, rangers said Saturday, after a day-long hunt for the big cats.

Panic as lions on the loose in Kenyan capital

Nairobi - Wildlife rangers on Friday hunted for two lions who escaped from Nairobi's national park and meandered into "highly populated" areas of the Kenyan capital.
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