A tourist went missing while snorkeling. His hand was found inside a shark.

A tourist went missing while snorkeling. His hand was found inside a shark.

Warm Indian Ocean waters have sent predators onto the “shark highway” linking South Africa and Australia, and one stop is notable for drawing in tourists and sharks alike: Reunion Island. A Scottish tourist was snorkeling in a lagoon’s idyllic waters east of Madagascar on Saturday when he vanished, prompting a days-long search that included capturing […]

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Global trafficking threat catches up to Sri Lanka’s endangered pangolins

COLOMBO — The same demand for pangolin scales and flesh that’s driving the animal’s decline across Africa and Southeast Asia is also taking a toll in Sri Lanka, one of the least-studied pangolin ranges. A new study into Sri Lanka’s population of Indian pangolins (Manis crassicaudata), one of eight species of the scaly anteater and […]

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Emperor penguins could disappear by 2100 if nations don’t cap emissions

If the climate continues to change at its current pace, most emperor penguins could become extinct by the end of this century, a new study predicts. However, if countries meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement, limiting the global increase in temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, then that would […]

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Scientists plan to flood black market with fake rhino horn to reduce poaching

Scientists plan to flood black market with fake rhino horn to reduce poaching

Scientists are planning to flood the black market with realistic fake rhino horns made from horse hair in an attempt to reduce illegal poaching. Rhino horn is in demand for a range of uses, from traditional Chinese medicine to ornamental carvings, and the illegal international trade is thriving. In South Africa alone, 769 rhinos were […]

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