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Malawi to burn its £5m ivory stockpile this week - and demonstrate its commitment to wildlife conservation

Plans for the world's most expensive bonfire proves that saving the elephant is ultimately worth more to the impoverished country

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Native to a remote region of China, this tiny mammal, known as the Ili pika, doesn't know it's a member of an endangered species - and neither do most people (Picture by Li Weidong, via National Geographic)

A mangrove finch, one of just 80 left in the Galapagos

Scientists raid mangrove finch nests as they battle to save birds discovered by Charles Darwin from extinction

Fledgings are being reared in laboratories as the species is in peril on the Galapagos Islands

The Canal and River Trust is launching a campaign this week which urges people to feed ducks with frozen peas and sweetcorn instead of bread

Feed ducks frozen peas instead of stale bread, charity asks

People in England and Wales feed ducks an estimated of six million loaves of bread a year

The Blue Tit is a strong contender for the title of Britain's National Bird

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Members of the public get the chance to choose our favourite feathered friend

Bat bridge over the A590 dual carriageway in Cumbria

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The bridges have been installed to help bats safely cross new highways despite evidence that they do not work

Eagle makes history as it flies from the top of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa tower

Darshan became the first bird to fly from the top of the world's tallest building

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A Small Blue, which is one of the rarest butterflies in the UK

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Amanda Hunter saved each creature by hand

Each cubic metre of garden in Britain could currently contain up to 200 slugs

British gardeners braced for invasion of slugs and snails

Experts blame a mild British winter

Lynx are to be reintroduced into the wild in Britain after a 1,300-year absence, under an ambitious 'rewilding' plan drawn up by a conservation charity

Lynx to be reintroduced into wild in Britain after a 1,300-year absence

The predators eat deer, rabbits and hares among other animals but are not considered a risk to people

Do crustaceans feel pain when we boil them?

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China's ivory ban branded 'a flimsy measure that won't work'

Campaigners say rules don’t do enough to combat illegal trade

Malaysan pangolin (Manis javanica)

Pangolins: What are they, why are they so endangered and what can we do to help?

These incredible creatures are completely unique but could be lost forever

Prince William's tour of China to promote animal rights ends in embarrassment

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