It's a theory that hasn't been proposed by politicians yet
Black rats are also implicated in both outbreaks, which took place 800 years apart
Francis has already used the symbolic power of his office to change attitudes
Protecting habitat and engaging the local community are crucial for both rhinos and elephants, says Christian Lambrechts, the managing director of Rhino Ark
Group of friends were swimming at an isolated water hole in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park southeast of Darwin
To most of us, lions are African, but many of the great beasts of legend were Indian. Now a zoo plans to breed more of them
Gone are the days when a “Save the Rhino” advert was enough. Only about 25,000 rhinos are left in the wild, and thanks to poaching the species is critically endangered. Now, in an effort to drive down demand, conservationists are working on campaigns to understand what makes rhino horn consumers tick.
Spend most of the first day in Largo Bay, south-west of Kirkcaldy. There may be no finer location to watch the wintering seaduck for which Scotland is renowned. If the tide is high and the sun shining, start with the light behind you at the bay’s eastern edge, Ruddon’s Point. Look westwards for dense black rafts of scoters, mainly common scoter. A flash of white wings draws your attention to velvet scoters secreted among them. Check the flock carefully and you could even see surf scoter. There is no more regular British site for this North American visitor.
Scientists say a group living in the Araguaia River, Brazil has been isolated from other varieties for more than two million years
Identity of swine shrouded in secrecy
In the late 1980s, Africa’s elephant population was decimated to just 600,000. Bringing the elephant slaughter to consumers' televisions had a profound impact. Can it be done again?
The Home Secretary is under increasing pressure from Jewish groups and others to ban the Hungarian ultra-nationalist party from spreading hatred at a London rally this weekend
More than a quarter of young Brits still live with their parents as the economic downturn and rising house prices prevent them from moving out.
Making access to benefits tougher for young people could be counter-productive
Bill and Melinda Gates use letter to quash ‘three myths’ about world poverty
Matthew Wood, on a year abroad at the University of Alabama, discusses what life is like today in one of the major battlegrounds of the 60s