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A new Kenyan law aims to quell poaching by increasing the notoriously light penalties for the growing illegal trade

£180,000 rhino horn smuggler jailed for a year

When airport officials confiscated and X-rayed a suspicious looking bronze statue of a bird sitting on a log at Manchester Airport last year, they might have wondered which high-value drug it would contain.

Border officials find venomous snakes

A cargo of plucked pigeons bound for British restaurants feature among a range of strange animal finds by the UK Border Agency.

Man jailed for smuggling falcons' eggs

A businessman was jailed for 30 months today after he admitted trying to smuggle the eggs of a rare peregrine falcon to Dubai.

Leading article: Conservation comes in many forms

Conservationists tend to be a conservative lot, so it is hardly a surprise to learn that some zoologists dedicated to the preservation of animal species get prickly about the idea of using cloning and other reproductive technology to save their beloved wildlife. Quite naturally, and logically, they argue that it is nonsense to devote time and effort to preserving a species in a test tube if its habitat is being ruthlessly trashed in a way that makes life impossible in the wild. They would also point out that cloning is, by its very nature, the antithesis of sexual reproduction, which is nature's way of creating the wondrous genetic diversity that comes from mixing genes between males and females. Cloning, they would argue, does little to stop the relentless drainage of the world's dwindling gene pool.

'Most ancient' species is alive and well in Scotland

A rare shrimp that may be the most ancient animal species on Earth is alive and well in Scotland, scientists have discovered.

Christina Patterson: Men: the latest endangered species

Boys are being vomited out of an inadequate school system at 16 and left to rot. If the state keeps them from starving, it probably won't for much longer

World Cup: Wag watch

While England's band of stars were busy being humiliated by Germany, their WAGs were out in force.

On The Road: A close encounter in Borneo in our very own 'year of the turtle'

I've come to rest on the rocky reef slope, the terrain a mish-mash of coral rubble and stones, sand and seaweed. I've stopped, and settled – usually it's a travesty to sit on the reef but there is no coral to damage. Instead, I have taken a space beside a truly enormous green turtle.

Tracey Macleod: A reluctant diva finds her voice

A first time for everything: We all know that variety is the spice of life. But what happened when we challenged four writers to explore their untapped potential?

Pregnancy hopes for endangered Rhino

The World Wildlife Fund said it has evidence that the rare Sumatran rhinoceros is breeding on Borneo island.

Couple's endangered species trade

A couple who ran a pet shop turned their hand to illegal trading in the skins and bones of some of the most endangered species in the world.

Internet trade driving rare salamander to extinction

Plight of Kaiser's spotted newt highlights new threat to wildlife

US anti-abortion activists target black community

US anti-abortion activists are targeting the black community in a controversial poster campaign.

Lesbian albatrosses to raise their chick

Two females set up 'unusual' family unit after successfully incubating egg

Leading article: Save the elephants

Twenty years ago we might have hoped that the African elephant, whose numbers were crashing disastrously, had been saved by the worldwide ban on the ivory trade brought in by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Some hope. The ban has twice been undermined by big sales of ivory by African states which the CITES has seen fit to allow, and illegal trading and the poaching which feeds it are resurgent and in many countries once more pushing elephants to the brink.

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