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23 07 2020 | 19:24

Andean condor can fly for 100 miles without flapping wings.

World’s largest soaring bird flaps wings only 1% of time in flight, study shows. A study sheds light on just how efficiently the world’s largest soaring bird rides air currents to stay aloft for…

23 07 2020 | 19:23

North Atlantic right whales now officially 'one step from extinction'.

International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List changes ocean giants’ status to ‘critically endangered’.

17 07 2020 | 09:27

Increase in invasive species poses dramatic threat to biodiversity.

Tourism, transport and the climate crisis found to be major drivers of rise in alien plants and animals, which can decimate ecosystems. An increase in the spread of non-native plant and animals…

12 07 2020 | 08:13

Scientists put forward plan to create universal species list.

A plan to create the first universally recognised list of species on Earth has prompted hopes of an end to centuries of disagreement and confusion over how to classify the world’s library of life.…

12 07 2020 | 08:12

European hamster and caterpillar fungus on brink of extinction.

Update to IUCN red list warns of hamster’s falling birth rate and high demand for fungus. Hamsters and fungi may not be poster species among those threatened with extinction but are no less…

12 07 2020 | 07:58

'Landscape of fear': what a mass of rotting reindeer carcasses taught scientists.

When 323 reindeer were killed by lightning on a remote Norwegian plateau, their bodies were left for nature to take its course. In August 2016, a park ranger stumbled upon 323 dead wild tundra…

12 07 2020 | 07:52

How Botswana's Sudden Elephant Deaths Impact the Species.

When an elephant dies in the wild, it's not uncommon to later find its bones scattered throughout the surrounding landscape.   That's one way you can tell other elephants have passed through the…

12 07 2020 | 07:43

Namibia's last wild horses face a perilous future.

It's still debated exactly how the Namibian desert became home to a herd of wild horses. One theory is that diamond prospectors brought horses more than a century ago to since-abandoned mining…

08 07 2020 | 08:09

Coronavirus: world treating symptoms, not cause of pandemics, says UN.

Ongoing destruction of nature will result in stream of animal diseases jumping to humans, says report. The world is treating the health and economic symptoms of the coronavirus pandemic but not the…

04 07 2020 | 10:40

Hundreds of elephants dead in mysterious mass die-off.

Botswana’s government is yet to test the remains of the dead animals in what has been described as a ‘conservation disaster’ More than 350 elephants have died in northern Botswana in a mysterious…

04 07 2020 | 10:38

Getting closer to a much better count of Africa’s lions.

African lions are one of the world’s favourite animals. But their numbers have been shrinking over the past century, especially over the past 30 years. Some scientists estimate that their numbers…

04 07 2020 | 10:12

Summer of the cannibal rats! Hungry, aggressive, highly fertile – and coming to our homes.

With restaurants closed and less food discarded on UK streets, rats have had to find new places to feed. Luckily for them, people are eating more in their houses, flats and gardens … Lockdown has…

02 07 2020 | 11:12

Scientists Say New Strain of Swine Flu Virus Is Spreading to Humans in China.

A new study warns that the strain of H1N1, common on China’s pig farms since 2016, should be “urgently” controlled to avoid another pandemic. HONG KONG — A new strain of the H1N1 swine flu virus is…

30 06 2020 | 08:03

Should we cull one species to save another?

Large mice are devastating rare birds on a tiny island, now moves are afoot to exterminate the rodents. But should conservation ever be about killing?

29 06 2020 | 07:20

'My land is now owned by lions': Maasai farmers offer Kenya's wildlife a lifeline.

Kenya has lost 70% of its wildlife in 30 years, but conservancy schemes could halt the decline – and benefit local communities. Parsaloi Kupai’s home, situated on the edge of Ol Kinyei conservancy…

26 06 2020 | 07:13

How did wildlife groups start collaborating in the destruction of nature?

We need strong campaigns to confront environmental collapse. Instead, we get weakness and complicity. Out of this horror comes hope. In the backwash of the pandemic’s first wave, we see the shingled…

22 06 2020 | 08:33

Four Poachers Arrested After Killing of Rare Silverback Gorilla in Uganda.

Four poachers were arrested this week in connection with the killing of a rare silverback gorilla in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a lush preserve of mist-shrouded hillsides and thick…

18 06 2020 | 07:23

Jobs gone, investments wasted: Africa's deserted safaris leave mounting toll.

MABARHULE, South Africa - When Khimbini Hlongwane spent most of his small safari tour company’s savings on the deposit for a new minibus in February, it seemed like a safe bet. His revenues had…

18 06 2020 | 07:20

The vultures aren't hovering over Africa – and that's bad news.

Unlovely and unloved, vultures play a vital role as nature’s clean-up squad but are now one of the most threatened groups of birds on the planet. It’s hard to love vultures. Their bare-headed…

18 06 2020 | 07:09

New EU Biodiversity Strategy Can Reduce Risk of Future Pandemics — If It Fully Addresses Wildlife Trade.

As the planet faces the multiple impacts of COVID-19 on human health, well-being and economies, it's time for governments across the globe to show leadership and take the necessary steps to help…