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

The South Downs Way is potentially under threat from plans to build a giant electricity pipeline from France to southern England

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.

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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

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

Giraffes will have to vary their diet as import bans bite in Russia

Animals at Moscow Zoo are caught up in the stand-off between Russia and the West as they lose their fusion menu

The sanctions against meat, fish, fruits and vegetables were intended to strike a counterblow over the insurgency in Ukraine. But the measures will have another impact
Common eel elvers have enjoyed a resurgence in recent years

Conservationist's claims that European eels are 'critically endangered' challenged by trader

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
The two men who wore only boxer shorts and cowboy hats are believed to be French

Squirrel kick video: £10,000 reward offered to track down French men who kicked squirrel into Grand Canyon

Park rangers say the two men involved face up to six months in jail

Move over Emperor - this colossal penguin was taller than a man and weighed more than 18 stone

Mega penguin’s massive foot shows it was tallest and heaviest ever to walk the Earth

New fossil discovery shows world’s greatest extinct penguin ever discovered was bigger than (many) humans

A tiger at India’s Ranthambore National Park where four new sanctuaries and a ‘tiger corridor’ have been approved to stem the animal’s decline

Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200. David Nussbaum on the battle to make sure that the largest of the big cats survives and thrives

Bison may once again roam vast expanses of the American West

Plan to reintroduce genetically pure bison could put the wild back into America's Wild West

Report claims the animals could roam across Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Nebraska and South Dakota, without posing a risk to livestock, but opponents fear they could prove problematic to the landscape

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