Voices Elephants at sunrise

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

Sony World Photography Awards 2009: The best photographs in the world

From intense close ups of endangered species to the tragedy and horror of war, life in all its diverse forms is celebrated in the Sony World Photography Awards 2009.

Howard Jacobson: I don't believe in the joy of giving. What's wrong with a tangerine and a Toblerone?

Modern children are greedy and need to be resisted for their own future good

Dying call of an endangered species – the 'Standard' vendor

The traditional street-corner cry of 'Staaan-D'd' is being silenced. Matthew Bell reports

Red alert: scientists identify 17,000 endangered species

Conservation groups warn of 'alarming' loss of biodiversity as thousands of animals face imminent extinction

The Plight of the Bumblebee, Radio 4<br/>Ken Bruce, Radio 2

Bumblebees and Beatle widows, two species on the brink

Leading article: Panda power

In a world where there is so much human suffering – the doubly-dispossessed refugees of the Calais "jungle" being but one example – it is no wonder that some complain about the time and money spent on conserving rare animals. The panda is a particular case in point. Even among endangered species, as the BBC nature presenter Chris Packham argued, the panda seems especially undeserving – adored more for its winsome looks than for any claim to viability.

Leading article: Wild at heart

Zoos, as we are all being told in these animal sensitive times, are imprisoning institutions whose main value is to preserve endangered species and provide somewhere to go for separated fathers whose turn is to look after the kids for the weekend.

Cunning stunts: Edinburgh Festival's greatest PR moments

Edinburgh old-timer Mark Borkowski pays tribute to one of the festival's finest art forms: the publicists' tricks that propel certain performers centre stage

Album: Sun People, Nickodemus, ESL / Wonderwheel

Producer/turntablist Nickodemus brings the world to his New York studio on this follow-up to the wellreceived Endangered Species, mixing up a series of spicy pan-cultural crossovers in which East sidles up to West and gives it a playful pinch on the posterior, before both head south to shake a tail with their hedonist Latin cousins.

Mary Dejevsky: Why are the spies of old allowed to retain their romantic sheen?

Sir Anthony Blunt was a traitor. Let me write that again, so you have to read it again: Sir Anthony Blunt was a traitor. A vicar's son, who attained privilege, he enjoyed a charmed life and, it now turns out, a charmed death.

Forget Dolly, there's an easier way to clone &ndash; and it works

Scientists use skin cells to create fertile mice which go on to have their own babies

Leading article: Sea change

Some forms of protection are more effective than others. The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas has proven perfectly useless in conserving stocks of bluefin tuna. By contrast, The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), while certainly not perfect, has been far more effective in safeguarding those animals put under its protection.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Wearing the burqa is neither Islamic nor socially acceptable

To deny face-to-face interaction is to deny our shared humanity

Electric Ink, Radio 4<br>David Attenborough's Life Stories, Radio 4

What's funny about the perilous state of the press? Quite a lot, actually
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Autism-friendly theatre

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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The man who hunts giants

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The 12 ways of Christmas

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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