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Protecting habitat and engaging the local community are crucial for both rhinos and elephants, says Christian Lambrechts, the managing director of Rhino Ark

Elephants in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda, remain at risk even there

Elephants could vanish in the next ten years, impacting on entire ecosystems

In 2011, more African elephants were killed than in any other year in history. Explore our interactive graphic to learn more.

Time is running out fast for Tanzania’s elephant herds

With poachers now killing almost 11,000 a year for their ivory, urgent steps need to be be taken to stop the cull

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Fossilised dung left by megaherbivores 240-million years ago have been found clustered together

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The reward will be savings for taxpayers

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Scientists working in California found that a decline in sea-grass could be reversed when sea otters returned to the area

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There have long been promises for Microsoft to become a "devices and services company", but just how this will look remains unclear

A government inquiry into the adulteration of processed beef products with horsemeat and pig meat and an FSA review, both triggered by last year’s crisis, are due to report this year

Food safety testing to be beefed-up

Standards agency calls for tougher testing and monitoring by councils after horsemeat scandal

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Have you gorged on an entire series of Game of Thrones? Then you deserve a reward. Microsoft plans to give special “awards” to viewers in return for watching television shows and adverts on its new Xbox One console.

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A small, brown rodent that is a staple source of food for a range of iconic species – from the barn owl to the Arctic fox – has undergone a dramatic and perplexing change in the way it breeds, scientist have found.

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Monkeys in my pants? No, just 94kg of caterpillars in my luggage

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