Photographers rewrite list of ‘big five’ animals to shoot

Photographers rewrite list of ‘big five’ animals to shoot

For trophy hunters, the big five are the toughest, most dangerous animals to kill, but a photography project has turned the meaning of shooting on its head, creating a new list of the five most fantastic creatures to capture on camera. More than 50,000 people from around the world voted for animals they most liked […]

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Callous trophy hunter boasts she shot dead 60-year-old crocodile to make purse

Callous trophy hunter boasts she shot dead 60-year-old crocodile to make purse

A trophy hunter hunter has boasted she shot dead a 60-year-old Nile ­crocodile to make a purse. Callous Larysa Switlyk posted pictures of herself posing with the dead animal saying: “Excuse me while I shop for a new purse”. She used the snap in the hope of recruiting British women to join her on cruel hunts. Switlyk […]

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Study highlights ‘terrible’ signs of species decline from wildlife trade

Study highlights ‘terrible’ signs of species decline from wildlife trade

Pangolins, orchids and chameleons — these are just a few species that are regularly traded in local and international wildlife markets, contributing to a global industry worth billions of dollars each year. But what is the wildlife trade’s impact on terrestrial biodiversity? A new study probes this very question. The study, published this week in […]

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Fruit-eating, seed-pooping animals can help restore degraded forests

Fruit-eating, seed-pooping animals can help restore degraded forests

In a once-cleared patch of rainforest, four black-tufted marmosets scamper up to a pile of bananas lying in a plastic dish on the ground. Within the banana flesh are the seeds of a local native tree, hidden there by scientists. After briefly investigating, the marmosets (Callithrix penicillata) dig in. When they’ve eaten their fill, they […]

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Sick, smirking, prolific Brit trophy hunter says he gets ‘thrill’ killing majestic beasts

Sick, smirking, prolific British trophy hunter says he gets ‘thrill’ killing majestic beasts

This is the face of one of Britain’s most prolific ­trophy hunters. Asif Wattoo has killed beautiful animals all over the world. He then boasts about the “thrill” on social media. Animals he has hunted for fun include zebras, African buffaloes, antelope and impala. He has also posed for dozens of pictures with giraffe carcasses. Wattoo, who works […]

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The Amazon’s short-eared dog was thought to be a scavenger. Now there’s video

The Amazon’s short-eared dog was thought to be a scavenger. Now there’s video

In 2016, conservation biologist Holly O’Donnell was striding through the Amazon rainforest in southwestern Peru, recording every mammal she saw or heard while performing a line transect survey for the Peruvian NGO Fauna Forever. A few minutes into her walk, she smelled something fetid. Following the scent several meters off the trail, she found the […]

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Florida Man Charged After His Leopard Bit a Visitor’s Head

Petition: Florida Man Charged After His Leopard Bit a Visitor’s Head

According to news from The Humane Society of the United States, a backyard primate breeder was involved with an incident where a man was attacked by a leopard. Michael Poggi runs a primate breeding operation in Florida, charged a man $150 to have a “full contact experience” with an adult leopard in Poggi’s care. Dwight […]

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Wildlife traffickers target lion, jaguar and leopard body parts as tiger substitutes

Wildlife traffickers target lion, jaguar and leopard body parts as tiger substitutes

Lion, jaguar and leopard body parts are being increasingly sought as substitutes to tiger products by wildlife traffickers, a major UN report has found, but demand for ivory and rhino horn has shown signs of a sustained fall. Wildlife trafficking continues to pose a major threat to nature, global biodiversity and human health, the UN’s […]

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