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
Category archives for: Wildlife

Panic over the red devils threatening to strip Tunisia of its grand palm trees

A red palm weevil infestation is decimating trees and posing a threat to the country’s date crop, a mainstay of the fragile economy. It’s an unlikely but very real crisis for a country with a teetering economy: a tiny red devil is invading Tunisia and it could cost hundreds of thousands of people their livelihoods. […]

Chinese appetite for totoaba fish bladder kills off rare porpoise

Only 30 vaquita are left in Gulf of California as pirate fishermen net them when fishing for highly valued totoaba maws. The world’s rarest marine mammal is on the verge of extinction due to the continuing illegal demand in China for a valuable fish organ, an undercover investigation has revealed. There are no more than […]

Punch a shark, whistle away a bear: how to survive deadly encounters

From crocodiles in ponds to wasps in service stations or vampires in your hammock, your best bet for dealing with predators is simple: respect them. Punching sharks in the face isn’t something to be attempted lightly, but in the jaws of death it can be the best means of remaining uneaten, as this weekend’s incident […]

Baby whales ‘whisper’ to mothers to avoid predators, study finds

Scientists reveal unique, intimate form of communication between humpback mothers and calves as well as silent method to initiate suckling. Newborn humpback whales and their mothers whisper to each other to escape potential predators, scientists reported Wednesday, revealing the existence of a previously unknown survival technique. “They don’t want any unwanted listeners,” researcher Simone Videsen, […]

Bizarre bivalve: first living giant shipworm discovered in Philippines

Mud-dwelling organism that lives head down in a tusklike tube found alive for first time, although its existence had been known of for centuries About three feet long and glistening black with a pink, fleshy appendage, it looks like the entrails of an alien from a bad horror film. In fact, it is a giant […]

Illegal wildlife trade threatens species at Unesco sites, says WWF

Conservation charity warns that almost half of world heritage sites designated for importance to nature are at risk. Almost half of the Unesco world heritage sites designated for their importance to nature are threatened by the illegal wildlife trade, a WWF report has said. Poaching, illegal logging and fishing, and the trafficking of rare species […]

Tumps of tunnelling moles reveal the past

The Trundle, West Sussex Ramparts’ busy archaeologists send forth iron age pottery, shells and bones as they excavate. As we walked the perimeter of the ramparts, we noticed that the cropped turf-covered contours below were heavily tracked with molehills. We came across an area of fresh tumps, the newly excavated soil still damp and dark […]

UK butterflies worst hit in 2016 with 70% of species in decline, study finds

Mild winter, cold spring and late summer lead to fall in numbers as 40 of 57 species struggle to cope with fluctuating weather. Butterflies in the UK have suffered one of their worst years on record, with 70% of all species experiencing a decline in numbers over the past year, according to conservationists. The annual UK butterfly […]

21st-century fox: how nature’s favourite outsider seduced the suburbs

Not so long ago, they were the pests that made a mess on the lawn. But now they have crept into our homes – their images on mugs, cushions and tea towels – into TV adverts, fashion and literature. British cities are full of foxes. Within a mile of my home in east London, there […]

Now the swallows are here, the year throws off its cloak

The arrival of the first swallows is cause for celebration, but we should also think of others making the perilous journey to reach us. Last Wednesday, early evening, the Kent-Sussex border north of Rye. I was driving home under an immoderate sky, the hawthorn around me frothy with blossom, when I saw them. Coming up […]

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