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The United States has done it. The Philippines and China too. Even Hong Kong has said it will destroy some of its contraband ivory. But ahead of a conservation conference in London next month where world leaders will descend to seek a solution to wildlife crime, the debate about the future of stockpiles is set to heat up.

The betrayal of John Kahekwa: how Britain let down an inspirational conservationist from Congo

Five years ago our Environment Editor travelled to Bukavu to meet a man who has dedicated his life to lowland gorillas. What happened after is a tragic farce

There's no tiger without 'taiga': how Russians are fighting the decline of these beautiful cats

In the first of an occasional series, our writer on the eastern fringes of Russia reports on the conservationists who are trying to save the Amur Tiger

Australia captain David Pocock (right) suffered knee damage

Injured Pocock doubtful for Bledisloe rematch

David Pocock, the Australia captain, is a doubt for next weekend's Bledisloe Cup rematch against New Zealand in Auckland after injuring his knee during the 27-19 loss to the reigning world champions on Saturday.

Suspected rhino poacher shot dead in South Africa

A suspected rhino poacher was shot dead in South Africa's flagship Kruger National Park today and two others were arrested after they killed a mother and her calf, police said.

Policeman and game warden killed in rhino poaching gun battle

A police constable and a ranger were shot dead at the weekend during an operation to track rhino poachers in South Africa's Kruger Park game reserve.

'Owen Farrell is most definitely the guy who can take the England team forward,' says Tuilagi

Pretender Farrell can't be judged by Jonny's long reign

It is human nature to wonder whether Owen Farrell may be the new Jonny Wilkinson. We do the same in whatever our own walk of life. "Hmm, this new boss doesn't stand me a pint like the old bloke" or "Blimey, that's his fifth email this morning". Comparisons are inevitable but they can be too rushed and too selective. We may as usefully consider in what ways Farrell is not the new Danny Cipriani or Charlie Hodgson or Toby Flood or George Ford. If Farrell is a better bet as the England fly-half than that quartet, that is enough to be getting on with.

Djibril Cissé celebrates scoring after just 12 minutes of his Queen’s Park Rangers debut last night

Djibril Cisse '100 per cent' confident QPR will survive

Striker Djibril Cisse is "100% confident" QPR will survive in the Barclays Premier League after scoring on his debut in the 2-2 draw at Aston Villa last night.

Survival of species may rest with captured rhino

Malaysian wildlife authorities have captured a female Sumatran rhino, which they plan to pair with a new mate in a breeding program meant to save the species from extinction.

The Sketch: Perry Mason & Co let their man off the hook

If you missed the appearance, here it is in full. The committee: "They said you were lying." James Murdoch: "They're lying." Eight years ago, Chris Bryant MP asked a pertinent question of Rebekah Brooks, or Wade as she was at the time, and – by accident – she told him the truth. They have learnt that lesson well, at News International.

UK seals deal over rhino horn trade

Britain has secured international agreement to clamp down on the illegal trade of rhino horn, which has become so sought after it is now worth more than diamonds, gold, heroin and cocaine.

UN boosts drive for global crackdown on rhino horn trade

Black marketeers should be punished with the same severity as drug traffickers, says Cites

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Whether it’s for poaching fish or sealing in that vegetable goodness, these steam-driven gadgets will help you to cook your way to a healthy diet...

Ivory demand sends poaching to record levels

Selling the tusks from a single large male elephant can earn a local poacher the equivalent of 15 years' wages

Britain urges Asia to act over surging trade in rhinoceros horn

Belief it can cure cancer has led to a huge rise in poaching of endangered animals

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