Video: Rescuers help ‘distressed’ 10m humpback whale entangled in nets at Bondi

The whale was found entangled in netting off the Sydney beach on Tuesday afternoon. Passengers on a whale-watching cruise spent several hours trying to help, and succeeded in cutting some of the netting before the operation had to be abandoned at nightfall This article was first published by The Guardian on 29 May 2018.   […]

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Death by hippo poop: Scientists solve a fish massacre in the Mara River

In the Mara River in Kenya, fish die in the thousands every now and then. And the hippopotamus is to blame, a new study has found. Hippos (Hippopotamus amphibius) spend a considerable amount of time in rivers to cool off their bodies. They also spend a lot of time defecating in the water, their tails […]

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Wildlife Threatened Again by Cruel Hunting Methods in Alaska

Conservationists are speaking out in opposition of a disturbing proposal that would reverse Obama-era regulations intended to protect wildlife in Alaska from some of the most egregious hunting practices around. In 2015, the National Park Service (NPS) finalized a rule that amended its regulations for sport hunting and trapping in Alaska to prevent cruel killing […]

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Video: Vermont Just Banned Coyote Killing Contests

Animal advocates are celebrating a major victory for wildlife with the passage of a law in Vermont that makes coyote killing contests illegal. These contests, which are also known as drives or derbies, reward people of all ages with cash prizes and weapons for killing the biggest and most animals. According to Protect Our Wildlife […]

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Illegal online sales of endangered wildlife rife in Europe

The online sale of endangered and threatened wildlife is rife across Europe, a new investigation has revealed, ranging from live cheetahs, orangutans and bears to ivory, polar bear skins and many live reptiles and birds. Researchers from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw) spent six weeks tracking adverts on 100 online marketplaces in four […]

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Video: Bald Eagle Steals Dinner From Fox—by Flying Off With Both

When wildlife photographer Kevin Ebi heard the bald eagle’s call, he knew exactly what was about to happen. Ebi has spent years photographing wildlife in the Pacific Northwest, and he gained an extensive background on bald eagles while working on his book Year of the Eagle. But it was foxes he was hoping to photograph […]

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Video: Florida Teacher Resigns After Making Students Drown Raccoons

After two raccoons killed the chickens Dewie Brewton’s agricultural science class had been raising at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida, the teacher trapped them in wire cages. Instead of releasing the creatures into the wild or even turning them over to animal control to be humanely euthanized, Brewton filled a trash can with water […]

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Victory! Bobcats Are Protected From Hunting and Trapping in Indiana

Thanks to overwhelming public outcry, wildlife officials in Indiana have withdrawn a proposal that would have opened the state’s first hunting and trapping season for bobcats in nearly 50 years Bobcats were already nearly hunted to extinction by the mid 1900s, and were finally listed as endangered species in the state by the late 1960s. […]

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Sifaka lemurs listed as “critically endangered” amid mysterious die-off

Lemurs in Madagascar have been under pressure from deforestation, poaching, drought and other challenges for years. Now, in the much-visited Berenty Reserve near the island’s southern tip, one species faces a mysterious new threat. In the last month and a half, at least 31 Verreaux’s sifakas (Propithecus verreauxi) have died in the reserve. Most were […]

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‘Paradise and hell’: the battle to save the forest elephant

Deep in the steamy rainforest of Gabon, a poaching gang’s night-time fire is smouldering and two long elephant tusks lie among the tangled roots. The axe that hacked them off lies nearby. Just after dawn, the insect buzz and bird chatter is suddenly pierced by a whistle blast and camouflaged park guards burst out from […]

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