A new Kenyan law aims to quell poaching by increasing the notoriously light penalties for the growing illegal trade
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Wednesday 06 October 2010
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.
Friday 03 September 2010
A cargo of plucked pigeons bound for British restaurants feature among a range of strange animal finds by the UK Border Agency.
Thursday 19 August 2010
A businessman was jailed for 30 months today after he admitted trying to smuggle the eggs of a rare peregrine falcon to Dubai.
Wednesday 18 August 2010
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.
Friday 30 July 2010
A rare shrimp that may be the most ancient animal species on Earth is alive and well in Scotland, scientists have discovered.
Wednesday 07 July 2010
Monday 28 June 2010
While England's band of stars were busy being humiliated by Germany, their WAGs were out in force.
Saturday 26 June 2010
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.
Saturday 19 June 2010
Wednesday 21 April 2010
The World Wildlife Fund said it has evidence that the rare Sumatran rhinoceros is breeding on Borneo island.
Friday 16 April 2010
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.
Wednesday 17 March 2010
Monday 15 February 2010
US anti-abortion activists are targeting the black community in a controversial poster campaign.
Wednesday 03 February 2010
Monday 25 January 2010
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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