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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.

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Skylark 'may be extinct within 10 years'

SKYLARKS, SONG thrushes and water voles, some of the most potent symbols of the countryside, will all vanish from Britain in the next few years, the World Wide Fund for Nature claims in a report today.

Put people, first, Short tells WWF

CLARE SHORT, the international development secretary, told a meeting of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) yesterday that conservation efforts would be fruitless without a focus on poverty.

Beaver to return after 400 years

BEAVERS ARE to be re- introduced into the rivers of Scotland - 400 years after the hefty, amphibious rodents were hunted to extinction.

Travel: Round the horn, up a gum tree

Namibia's black rhino population has fallen from 60,000 to 3,000 in three years. Paula Hardy gingerly follows a shy beastie

Third of all nature lost in 25 years

A THIRD of the natural world has been destroyed by human activity in the past 25 years, the greatest period of destruction since the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said yesterday.

One in ten of the world's tree species are facing extinction

TEN PER CENT of the world's tree species - including 11 types in the UK - are facing extinction, according to a report published today.

UK forests among worst in Europe

BRITAIN has one of the poorest records of protection and management of forests in Europe, according to a World Wide Fund for Nature survey which ranks the United Kingdom 12th out of 15 countries.

Whale toll

MORE than 18,000 whales have been killed since a moratorium came into effect 12 years ago, the World Wildlife Fund said. Norway and Japan received the harshest criticism. A legal loophole allows them to kill whales for "scientific reasons".

Cause Related Marketing: Advertisement Feature - Take a walk on the wild side

The World Wide Fund for Nature's education work and famous panda logo have helped it get ahead in the world of marketing. Richard Cook explains all

Boxing: Tyson gets to grips with $4m in the ring of make-believe

Glyn Leach reports from Boston on a boxing legend's entry into the wacky world of wrestling

Fires pose threat to the jungle animals of Borneo

Borneo's forest fires are wreaking havoc on the local wildlife. our correspondent in the Kutai National Park says the blazes threaten to turn the jungle into an ecological desert.

Travel: Why your kids may never see a live tiger

IF YOU ARE disturbed by the thought of tourism taking out more from the environment than it puts in - and if you also happen to be fairly rich - I suggest you take a tiger holiday this year with a company called Discovery Initiatives (Tel: 0171 229 9881).

Tiger, tiger, still burning bright (well, possibly)

People thought the Javan tiger was extinct. But a forester's reported sighting has stirred conservationists, writes Richard Lloyd Parry in Jakarta

Environment: UN launches battle to save the oceans

The UN has declared 1998 the International Year of the Ocean to highlight the threats that seas face from pollution and over-exploitation, and their importance to man. Nicholas Schoon, Environment Correspondent, sees the World Wide Fund for Nature back the fight.
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