News The altercation allegedly broke out during a dispute over whose turn it was to pat the park's koalas

A pleasant day out to a wildlife park reportedly turned sour when a visitor was accused of assaulting a man and threatening him with a knife – apparently because it was his turn to pat the koalas.

Kate Humble: 'It was exciting being in a big city at 19, living on crisps, air and drugs'

I spent my whole childhood covered in the dung of various animals I grew up in a house next door to a farm in Bray, Berkshire. Most days I'd climb over the fence into our neighbour's farm and muck out the horses or the pigs.

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A dead guillemot at Wembury, Devon

Pollution may ‘wipe out’ a generation of seabirds

An entire generation of seabirds could be wiped out on a section of the British coastline after hundreds were found dead last week, wildlife authorities have warned.

Wildlife charities renew calls for oil additive PIB to be reclassified after deaths of hundreds of seabirds in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset

A wildlife charity has renewed calls for oil additive PIB to be reclassified by the International Maritime Organisation to prohibit discharges at sea after “a whole generation of seabirds” died.

Campaigners want wild animals banned from performing circus stunts

Government to ban use of wild animals in travelling circuses from 2015

More than 30,000 people signed an Independent petition calling for a ban

Video: Tourists in Florida Everglades watch as tour guide wrestles with ten-foot long python

A group of tourists on a boat ride through the Florida Everglades were left shocked after their tour guide leapt into the water to wrestle a ten-foot long python.

Lydd Airport could take an extra 500,000 passengers a year

Go-ahead for Kent airport expansion angers green lobby

Investment and jobs are promised, but some fear the environmental price is too high

This giant tarantula has been discovered in Sri Lanka

Giant new kind of tarantula discovered in Sri Lanka

Scientists in Sri Lanka have discovered a huge new kind of tarantula.

Alexander James: Watery works and winged wonders make for a natural attraction

Alexander James: Watery works and winged wonders make for a natural attraction

Alexander James specialises in submerging sculptural installations underwater and photographing them (without digital enhancement). He works with a South American butterfly (Caligo eurilochus) that falls into a coma when the temperature drops.

The seemingly never-ending winter is having a serious effect on Britain’s wildlife, some of which won’t see the spring

Too cold for comfort: British weather having a serious effect on wildlife

The seemingly never-ending winter means some animals won't see the spring

Ministers accused of dragging feet over protection of UK's marine environment

Environmentalists have accused the Government of being too slow to protect the UK's marine environment.

A large section of Dover’s famous White Cliffs has tumbled into the English Channel.

Large section of Dover's White Cliffs falls into English Channel

A large section of Dover’s famous White Cliffs has tumbled into the English Channel.

The Education Secretary, Michael Gover

Michael Gove has failed to 'engage and excite' teachers over national curriculum plans, headteachers warn

Education Secretary Michael Gove has failed to “engage and excite” teachers over his plans for a new national curriculum, headteachers warned today.

The nightingale is one of Britain’s most beloved birds

The betrayal of England’s wild heritage

People need homes, but so does the nightingale, whose numbers are in steep decline

The African lion: its habitat is disappearing

We need trophy-hunters to help protect the lion

Could hunting lions be crucial to their protection? As the US Fish and Wildlife Service debates listing the African lion as endangered, an op-ed in today's New York Times pushes that counter-intuitive line.

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