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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.

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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Do the Green Thing: Saving the world... with a bit of flair

From a photograph of the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il with "devil eyes", to a picture showing a depressed Chris Huhne with the slogan "Should have walked!", these are not your typical "save the world" posters.

Council will fight to build on nightingales' nesting ground

The case of a major new housing development being threatened by a population of nightingales, reported in The Independent on Thursday, is to become a legal battle.

Deer eat woodland shrubs and undergrowth causing extensive damage to the habitat of woodland birds

Only mass deer cull can prevent destruction of British woodlands and wildife, say scientists

Report finds between 50 and 60 per cent of wild deer should be destroyed each year for population to remain stable

Kenya elections: a nation defies threat of violence as polling queues stretch for miles

The memories of 2008's deadly clashes were still fresh, yet voters remained determined to have their say

Bovine TB has risen dramatically over the past few decades and badgers have been implicated in the rapid spread of the disease, with about half of new cattle infections linked to badgers, leading to calls from farmers for mass culling

Badger culls given go-ahead in Gloucestershire and Somerset

Controversial badger culling to tackle tuberculosis in cattle is set to go ahead this summer, after two pilot schemes were given the green light today.

Householders urged to stop feeding urban foxes after attack on baby

Well-meaning residents who leave food out for urban foxes - attracting them to back gardens - have been urged to stop treating the animals as pets after a baby boy had his finger bitten off.

Academic takes swipe at David Attenborough wildlife documentaries for ignoring gay animals

Three of veteran broadcaster's shows identified in a new study as perpetuating the notion that animal relationships are predominantly heterosexual

Indian militants target rare rhino

Officials in one of India’s north-eastern states have asked federal investigators to help track down militants suspected of using automatic weapons to kill rare one-horned rhinos.

The marsh fritillary butterfly is returning to parts of the West Country

Budget cuts may trigger 'perfect storm' of threats to UK wildlife

Conservationists voice concern as environmental policy faces massive shake-up

In what sense is HS2 plan progress?

I am pro-public transport and so are the Wildlife Trusts. The trusts have furnished HS2 with a huge amount of information about the impact of the proposed routes, and so far there's been no recognition of that information being received or, more importantly, taken into account.

Duck survives being shot through the head with a crossbow bolt

Mallard is evading RSPCA officers trying to help it

Ewan McGregor and David Attenborough are both celebrating Scotland in new wildlife TV shows

Ewan McGregor and Sir David Attenborough to present BBC programmes about Scotland

The wilderness and wildlife of Scotland is to take centre stage in a series of programmes featuring Ewan McGregor and Sir David Attenborough.

New research shows 350,000 Britons a year are being infected with pet-borne parasite linked with schizophrenia and increased suicide risk

'Stone-cold serial killers': Domestic cats slaughter billions upon billions of animals in US every year

A new study has discovered cat kills exceed all prior estimates

Water fern (Azolla filiculoides): Native to the Americas but has spread to most continents. Thrives in ponds, lakes and ditches

UK bans sale of five 'alien' aquatic plants commonly bought for ornamental garden ponds

This is the first time that non-native plants have been banned from sale in Britain

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