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

US plan to protect right whale from shipping blocked by Cheney

Efforts to protect the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale from being killed by ships are being blocked by Vice President Dick Cheney according to leaked documents.

Global warming threat to native dragonfly species

Britain's dragonflies, which date back to the dinosaurs but are increasingly threatened by habitat destruction, pollution and climate change, are to be the subject of a major national survey.

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After Dolly comes a new scientific technique that is being used to save a doomed species of the white rhino. Could this herald a world without extinction?

Stop caricaturing chimps, advertisers told

They have been used to sell everything from tea bags to bicycles and designer watches but the days of showing chimpanzees in TV commercials could be numbered, if a group of leading scientists gets its way.

The Great Coral Reef disaster

US admits for first time that global warming is killing reefs - and will now be legally obliged to protect them

Sale's warriors the last men standing after carnage at the Gardens

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Flexible loans give first-time buyers a break

First-time buyers are becoming an endangered species, accounting for just over a quarter of all mortgages taken out in August, says the Council of Mortgage Lenders. High property prices combined with five interest-rate rises in the past year are making it harder than ever to buy a place of your own.

'Corrupt' Zimbabwe officials accused of faking elephant tally

Senior Zimbabwean officials have inflated the official number of elephants in the country so they can benefit from the ivory trade, a conservationist said yesterday. Johnny Rodrigues of the Zimbabwean Conservation Taskforce said the elephant population had fallen to 60,000 at the most, yet the government put the figure at more than 100,000.

EU expansion 'poses risk to rare species'

Expansion of the European Union this year will put the world's endangered species at greater risk, conservationists warn, because the 25 countries are failing to agree on a common approach to save rare animals and plants.

Tame Tiger is king of the jungle no more

It is a tired cliche of the Masters at Augusta that the tournament does not start until the back nine holes of the fourth and final round on Sunday. The same could have been said of most major championships until, that is, Tiger Woods took the game by the jugular. When he had the scent of a kill, it was swift, ruthless, painless. The prey, however, are no longer an endangered species.

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