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Sweden’s annual wolf hunt was only open for a few hours before a court closed the season. A few days and one court decision later, it was open again
Environmental stress causing young bees to mature too fast could be one of the major factors behind the disastrous decline of bee populations around the globe
One in ten of Australia’s indigenous mammal species has become extinct in the past 200 years, according to a new survey of Australia’s native mammals

Norfolk sees Mammoth return

A 3D replica may bring the world’s most complete mammoth skeleton to public display
New report estimates that numbers of wild Indian tigers grew by more than 50 per cent during the past eight years

Hungry angry hippos

Last November, a hippopotamus attack killed 12 children and one adult in Niger. Although such incidents are rare, humans and hippos increasingly share the same territory
First giant tortoise hatchlings born in the wild in over 100 years found by conservationists in the Galapagos Islands
Sixty-two elephant calves are set to be exported from Zimbabwe to countries across the world, the country’s authorities have confirmed, causing outrage amongst conservationists

Ape granted basic rights

A high-level Argentine criminal appeals court has granted an ape the same basic rights as her human captors, setting a precedent for future challenges regarding animals in captivity

Scotland’s wild crime

Salmon poaching is on the rise in Scotland, according to the Scottish Government’s second annual report into wildlife crimes. For 2012-2013, the Scottish courts proceeded against 75 people for wildlife crimes, with 55 found guilty, up from the previous year
Intense negotiations on the conservation of some of the world’s most vulnerable species have concluded with resounding success at UN convention in Ecuador
They are supposed to be protected by the Luama Katanga Reserve, but an administrative error means 900 plant species and 1,400 chimpanzees are actually situated 50 km east of the reserve’s official boundaries

Apes of wrath

War is common to two species in the world: man and chimpanzees. Jane Goodall was among the first to note coordinated attacks by chimpanzees on other chimpanzees, sparking debate among primatologists and anthropologists on the significance of chimpanzee warfare
Mountain lions have clung on in the mountain range around Santa Monica, California for decades as a strange, wild throwback on the Los Angeles periphery

Sabah’s lost world

There’s hardly an inch of the planet that can’t be visited, yet thankfully there are still places that conjure mystery, intrigue and even foreboding. In the heart of Borneo, lies the remarkable Maliau Basin

Wind farms threaten bats

German researchers examined the risks for the 300,000 bats that move through the country each year and found that 72% of all deaths in the migrating colonies are attributable to wind turbines
A series of studies indicate that the 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan has caused genetic damage to birds, monkeys and butterflies in the region
Urban heat islands are causing populations of a tree pest to increase, killing red maple trees in southeastern USA, according to a new study carried out by researchers from North Carolina State University

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