Around one-third of the saiga antelope have died in the past few days

Endangered saiga antelope mysteriously dying in vast numbers in Kazakhstan

The number of saiga plummeted in the 1990s as a result of poaching

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The nation recoiled from cruelty against pets and livestock last week

Ectotherms which live on the land, such as iguanas, are at greater risk than sea-dwelling creatures

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Many lizard and insect species could be driven to extinction

Chris Packham describes himself as a ‘pragmatic conservationist’

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Leading scientists warn Britain's forests could be devastated by a wave of new diseases brought by climate change

While AAL’s rainforest clearance is legal, campaigners say its sustainability practices fall short of the Palm Oil Pledge to which its rivals adhere

Jardine Matheson subsidiary accused of threatening at-risk species by cutting down swathes of rainforest for palm oil plantations

Campaigner's claim AAL has felled 14,000 hectares of forest since 2006, destroying the habitat of Sumatran elephants and tigers

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Scientists using new technology to track endangered basking sharks as the creatures reach UK shores

Plankton is attracting the sharks directly into the reaches of researchers

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EU's State of Nature report finds that a third of European birds are endangered

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Prince Charles wrote in 2004 to the then Environment minister: ‘I particularly hope that the illegal fishing of the Patagonian Toothfish will be high on your list of priorities’

Prince Charles 'black spider' letters: Prince of Wales raised concerns over 'illegal fishing of the Patagonian Toothfish'

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The study of chacma baboons showed they tended to keep to similar social groupings

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The animals hang out with those of similar age, rank and personality

Ballot monkeys: chimpanzees need friends in order to become leaders

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