We’re Eating the Largest Animals off the Face of the Earth

We already know some of the earth’s largest animals are facing a range of threats from climate change and pollution to habitat loss, but according to a new study our demand for their meat is now one of the biggest threats to their survival. For the study, which was just published in the journal Conservation […]

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Up to 100 vulture deaths prevented by rapid response to poisoning

On the morning of the 27th of January, Eric Ole Reson was on his routine patrol on the Northern border of the Masai Mara when he spotted a group of vultures struggling to fly. Concerned, he hurried towards them, and stumbled across a tragic scene: 20 vultures lay dead around a hyena carcass, all of […]

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Bitterns, curlews and lapwings at risk as vital wildlife funds dry up

They are some of the most elusive birds to nest in the UK. Indeed, they hide so well in their reedbed homes that ornithologists can only estimate bittern numbers by counting the sources of the booming sounds made by males in summer. It is a census that has produced alarming results. Only 11 booming bitterns […]

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We say we love our national parks. The evidence suggests otherwise

Australia has the most extraordinary national parks, home to our unique wildlife, deserts, mountains, forests and sacred icons such as Uluru. We are rightly proud of them. It’s hard to pick a favourite. But I do love Wilsons Promontory, where the wombats reign supreme, and getting one of these inquisitive fellows out of your tent […]

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POLL: Should the trophy hunting of giraffes be banned?

Tourist trophy hunters are paying thousands of pounds to go and shoot giraffes with high-powered guns and bows. The gentle giants are loved around the world for their comical appearance and gentle nature. Just like character ‘Melman’ played by Friend’s-star David Schwimmer in Disney’s Madagascar, they are a hit with kids who love their long […]

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Conservation Efforts are Paying off for Fin Whales, Gray Whales and Mountain Gorillas

While conservationists continue to sound the alarm for species moving closer to the brink of extinction, there’s some good news to celebrate for fin whales, gray whales and mountain gorillas with the latest update of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. According to the Red List, there are […]

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Ocean floor rover finds large shark nursery in Irish waters

The largest shark nursery to have been found in Irish waters has been discovered among cold-water coral reefs 200 miles west of Ireland. A remotely operated vehicle surveying the deep ocean floor revealed thousands of egg cases, popularly known as “mermaid’s purses”, deposited on coral skeletons at depths of up to 750 metres (2,500ft). Video […]

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Ambitious plan to remove “mega-mice” to save millions of seabirds

It sounds like a horror story. But for birds on Gough Island, the nightmare is real. Invasive mice, with no natural predators, have evolved to grow fifty percent larger than the average house mouse and to rely on a sinister food source. They gather at night, forming groups of up to nine and descending upon […]

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