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A Japanese stage actor performs during a protest against the alleged Japanese hunting of dolphins in Taiji, Japan

Dolphin hunting season begins in Taiji, Japan

Protesters across the globe staged demonstrations against the annual event where hundreds of animals are killed or captured

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Exclusive: South Downs and New Forest national parks under threat from electricity pipeline plan

Pipeline from France cannot take original route as electricity grid there is operating close to capacity

Pigeons have been found with traces of cocaine and painkillers in their system

Silence to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of last ever passenger pigeon

Conservationists will fall silent at noon today to mark the hundredth anniversary of the death of Martha, the last ever passenger pigeon – just as a new project is set up to bring the species back from the dead.

Nutcracker: A rare red squirrel out foraging

Red squirrels being killed by form of leprosy in Scotland in latest threat to declining species

The native British animals are already threatened by greys and 'squirrelpox'

Climate change has potentially caused changes in the breeding patterns of penguin

Marine biologists unlock the secrets of Antarctica

Among the discoveries are crabs that are able to live within the clouds of sulphur emitted by live underwater volcanoes

Barry died after getting stuck in an underwater gallery

Investigation launched after manatee drowns at Paris zoo

The animal, known as 'Barry', became stuck in a service shaft in its pool

Two bee eaters

Twitch and shout: Birdwatchers are raving over rare birds in Britain

This summer has been a “landmark year” for birdwatchers, as the warm weather encourages species normally associated with the Mediterranean to settle in the UK.

A researcher enjoys a whale shark encounter in the Maldives, as new research suggests that they are making unexpectedly big waves in the world of ecotourism

Fin frenzy: Discovery Channel's 'Shark Week' is biting into ratings again

This year's Shark Week is attracting record numbers of viewers in America

Edinburgh Zoo's giant panda Tian Tian, who experts believe is now pregnant

Edinburgh Zoo panda Tian Tian ‘pregnant’ – and could give birth by end of August

Keepers said latest scientific tests give ‘strong indication’ artificial insemination has been a success

Common eel elvers have enjoyed a resurgence in recent years

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Peter Wood, who owns the Gloucester-based UK Glass Eels, says that since the IUCN designation in 2010, the market has shrunk by 50 per cent
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