POLL: Should Australia’s feral “brumby” horses be protected?

Last year, I drove up to the New South Wales high country with my oldest son. We arrived at Geehi, found a camp site, rigged up our rods and waded into the crystal clear water, hoping to snag a trout. Between casts, my attention was drawn to a pair of black cockatoos, sailing overhead. Looking […]

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POLL: Should the use of leadshot for hunting and fishing be banned?

Several rare bird species, including a breed of red-headed duck listed as “vulnerable”, are under threat from lead poisoning linked to shooting, a new report says. Numbers of common pochard, a duck species at risk of global extinction, have fallen substantially over the past 30 years, a decline partly attributed to the fact that they […]

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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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One in 8 Bird Species Is Threatened by Extinction

A new report finds one out of every eight bird species is now facing the threat of extinction. What led to this and, crucially, how can we save our birds? The organization BirdLife International authored the comprehensive analysis, called the 2018 State of the World’s Birds report. The report uses population data from many of […]

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POLL: Should the Ban on Hunting Trophy Imports be Restored?

Earlier this month an announcement that a ban on sport-hunted elephant trophies had been lifted caused some major public outrage, but now wildlife advocates are headed to court to stop American trophy hunters from further imperiling some of the earth’s most iconic species. At the beginning of March, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) […]

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New report: South Africa’s seabirds, raptors in serious decline

For bird lovers, South Africa has always been a great place to be. From the world’s largest bird, Common Ostrich Struthio camelus to the tiny Cape Penduline-Tit Anthoscopus minutus the country boasts an impressive amount of avian biodiversity. A new study from BirdLife South Africa, however, shows that the past few years have not been […]

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Bushmeat hunting threatens hornbills and raptors in Cameroon’s forests, study finds

Hornbills, vultures and eagles are being hunted for bushmeat in Cameroon in much greater numbers than previously thought, a new study has found. Previous research has shown that relatively few birds are sold in Cameroon’s markets compared to mammals and reptiles. However, market surveys can be biased toward commercially valuable wildlife, missing animals that are […]

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POLL: Should we give up half of the Earth to wildlife?

The orangutan is one of our planet’s most distinctive and intelligent creatures. It has been observed using primitive tools, such as the branch of a tree, to hunt food, and is capable of complex social behaviour. Orangutans also played a special role in humanity’s own intellectual history when, in the 19th century, Charles Darwin and […]

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Lions deal blow to giraffe numbers by targeting young, study finds

Lions put a damper on the number of young giraffes that survive to maturity, according to a new study, raising concerns about a species that has recently slipped into decline. “It is thought that lions preferentially target giraffe calves in the wild, and there is anecdotal evidence of this,” biologist Zoe Muller said in a […]

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How Sea Shepherd lost battle against Japan’s whale hunters in Antarctic

A fleet of Japanese ships is currently hunting minke whales in the Southern Ocean. It is a politically incendiary practice: the waters around Antarctica were long ago declared a whale sanctuary, but the designation has not halted Japan’s whalers, who are continuing a tradition of catching whales “for scientific research” in the region. In the […]

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