Voices elephants in rain

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

World's oldest prehistoric toilet unearthed in Argentina

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

Pricing nature is a capital idea

The destruction of forests and natural habitats makes us all poorer

We need a vibrant ecosystem of providers but I expect G4S to emerge stronger after review

The reward will be savings for taxpayers

Lythronax argestes: Scientists discover new ‘King of Gore’ dinosaur species that is ‘great-uncle’ to T-rex

Discovery of 24ft (7.3m) long, 8ft (2.4m) high predator changes our understanding of evolution of tyrannosaur family

Venezuelan palaeontologist Ascania Rincon shows the skull of a glyptodont

Armadillo as big as a car vs bus-sized croc: 12,000 fossils found in Venezuelan oil pit

Palaeontologists have found a 'Jurassic Park' of fossils in Venezuela

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Web telephone service developing new technology

The return of sea otters has caused a remarkable recovery of endangered sea grasses

Study finds endangered sea grasses boosted by return of sea otters

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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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at the launch of Microsoft Windows 8 in October 2012

'Titanic' changes at Microsoft: Will CEO Steve Ballmer create an ecosystem to rival Apple's?

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

The Xbox Kinect motion sensing device for the Xbox One is shown during a press event unveiling Microsoft's new Xbox in Redmond, Washington

Been watching Game of Thrones? Have a reward: Microsoft Xbox One could could give 'awards' to gamers who watch TV and adverts

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.

Food chain in disarray after changes in voles' boom-and-bust breeding cycle

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.

UK Border Agency undated handout photo of some the seizure of 94 kilos of dried caterpillars at Gatwick airport. The discovery was made after a 22-year-old man travelling from Burkina Faso via Istanbul was stopped at the south terminal of the airport

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

Traveller attempts to bring massive haul of dried insects into the country from Africa

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