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China is cloning pigs on 'an industrial scale'

Beijing Genomics Institute is producing 500 cloned pigs per year

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A new plan to save Australian wildlife prioritises saving species which add the most to the economy. But is this a mercenary approach, or just good sense?

If you have nearly 100 critically endangered animals, how do you target limited conservation resources? Australian scientists have come up with one solution, using a mathematical equation to determine which species should be saved and which let go.

Three teams in training to take on the poachers

Every penny raised in the elephant appeal will be spent directly on wildlife conservation projects in Africa. Here's how.

Alexandra Bastedo, the actress best known for her role in the 1960s television sci-fi series The Champions, has died following a long illness. She was 67

Alexandra Bastedo: Actress best known for her role in the 1960s television sci-fi series The Champions dies

Alexandra Bastedo, the actress best known for her role in the 1960s television sci-fi series The Champions, has died following a long illness.

Organisers of the auction say only ageing, male black rhinos will be targeted

Big-game hunters in Texas bid for licence to kill one of Africa’s rare black rhinos

Claims by Dallas Safari Club that auction funds will be used to protect animals in Namibia are dismissed by furious activists, writes David Usborne

Invisible Ink: No 206 - the Disney authors

As we know from Saving Mr Banks, Walt Disney was good at persuading authors that he could turn their treasured works into films, but Pamela Travers was not his only conquest. Nobody now remembers the Swiss beekeeping pastor Johann David Wyss, but in the late 18th century he was so impressed by Robinson Crusoe that he wrote a book for his children which would act as an adventure and a series of life lessons.

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FreeNelly: Police are trying to track down the owner of a horse discovered early Friday morning

FreeNelly: Police search for owner of horse found on the loose in Hertfordshire

Police have taken to Twitter in order to search for the owner after the horse was discovered and captured in the early hours of this morning

'Hey look at me! I'm a micro pig on a running machine!'

Watch: Micro pig walks on treadmill, melts the hearts of thousands

The tiny speckled animal looks to be enjoying the exercise as she trots along on the treadmill

This is how your cat sees you

As a 'larger, non-hostile' fellow feline

Dolphins: Spy in the Pod, BBC1 - TV review

The second episode of nature documentary Dolphins: Spy in the Pod (BBC1) was like the visual equivalent of one of those "Sounds of the Ocean" CDs that insomniacs use to drift off. Nothing but calm blue seas as far as the eye can see, and the soothing Scots coo of narrator David Tennant. Well, that and the dolphins, of course.

Will this 78-year-old vegan bodybuilder make you reconsider your diet?

Former bodybuilding champion Jim Morris still has an amazing physique, which he credits to his veganism

Police are concerned at the number of animal deaths at Surabaya Zoo

Indonesian police probe Surabaya Zoo deaths after lion found hanged

Wildebeest also found dead at problem-plagued zoo

Prairie dogs and their 'contagious' Mexican wave explained

Study suggests the animals use the wave-like move to test alertness

Killed for ivory: Saying ‘it wasn’t me’ is not enough – we must act

Who wants to inherit a world where elephants only live domestically, because they threaten crops, or because their land can be used for palm oil or logging?

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