Three wildlife rangers killed in attack by violent militia in DRC Sheffield tree-felling opponents vow to fight on after court setback Melting glaciers in Swiss Alps could reveal hundreds of mummified corpses Extreme weather deaths in Europe ‘could increase 50-fold by next century’ Underground magma triggered Earth’s worst mass extinction with greenhouse gases Meat industry blamed for largest-ever ‘dead zone’ in Gulf of Mexico Dozens of Laotian elephants ‘illegally sold to Chinese zoos’ UK-built pollution monitoring satellite ready for launch Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé accused of complicity in illegal rain forest destruction Illegal trade in rhino horn thriving in China, NGO investigation reveals
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Three wildlife rangers killed in attack by violent militia in DRC

Three rangers have been killed and another is missing after an attack by violent militia in Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, bringing the number of fatalities in the park this year to eight. The park rangers, Charles Paluku Syaira, Jonas Paluku Malyani and Pacifique Musubao Fikirini were murdered on the […]

Illegal trade in rhino horn thriving in China, NGO investigation reveals

Elephant Action League’s sting operation shows how horns are trafficked from Africa and enter into China via Vietnam, alleging official complicity. Rhinoceros horn can be easily bought in China despite it being illegal since 1993. The rhino horn products in antiques shop are far from antique. They are new and most likely been illegally trafficked […]

You don’t need a scientist to know what’s causing the sixth mass extinction

One should not need to be a scientist to know that human population growth and the accompanying increase in human consumption are the root cause of the sixth mass extinction we’re currently seeing. All you need to know is that every living being has evolved to have a set of habitat requirements. An organism can’t live where […]

A precious single cygnet nurtured in the marsh

The bell-beat of mute swans’ wings came with a grey dawn in early March. A pair of swans touched down in the river Teifi’s tidal reaches upstream of Cardigan town bridge. On wind-ruffled waters they kept proximity, gliding around in search of food, accompanied at respectful distance by small flocks of teal and unruly gangs […]

Ten more elephants poisoned by poachers in Zimbabwe

The elephants were killed in the Hwange national park by what has become a common means of poaching. Ten elephants, including a mother and her young calf, have been found poisoned in and around Zimbabwe’s premier game reserve, Hwange national park. Six of the animals died in the south of the park last week; some […]

Ratty returns: hundreds of water voles released in UK’s biggest reintroduction

Almost 700 of the endangered rodents, immortalised in Wind in the Willows, will be released in Northumberland – and it’s all thanks really to the otter. The biggest reintroduction of water voles in the UK began this week, with 325 voles released into Kielder Forest in Northumberland, and 350 more to follow later in the […]

Cities should be studied as evolutionary hotspots, says biologist

Animals and birds evolve more quickly in urban environments than in remote habitats, Cheltenham science festival is told. Foxes loitering around rubbish bins and pigeons roosting in train stations: urban animals are widely regarded as the dregs of the natural world. However, according to biologist Simon Watt, cities represent some of the world’s hotspots for […]

Two rangers shot dead in Kenya’s Laikipia conservation area

The rangers, who are police reservists, were killed while trying to recover cattle stolen by nomadic herders. Two game rangers have been shot dead in Kenya’s restive north while on a mission to recover stolen cattle. For the last year, Laikipia, one of Kenya’s most important wildlife regions, has been the scene of vicious farm […]

We must stop seabird numbers falling off a cliff. After all, we’re to blame

About 70,000 tonnes of seabird are now afloat or on the wing off the shores of the British Isles. This biomass – roughly the same as Salisbury Cathedral – is made up entirely of thinking, fishing, hunting, flirting, fighting, flying, diving and feathered beauty: 8 million breeders, several million more adolescents and, by the end […]

Hunting for moths in the night garden

Allendale, Northumberland I linger, hoping to see a flicker of wings before leaving the trap to work its magic. The night garden is brilliantly lit by the full moon of the moth trap’s bulb. Shadows are thrown deep into the drystone walls and the hawthorn branches show bright against the dark fields. Shading my eyes […]

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