WILDLIFE

Learning to swing

A team of British tree surgeons are heading to the Indonesian island of Sumatra next month to help rescue endangered orang-utans from the rainforest

US loses honey bee colonies

Winter beehive losses are down over the previous year, but April 2014 to April 2015 saw an increase in summer losses too. It’s a change over previous patterns, and the cause is still a mystery

Man’s best friend

When it came to mastering their ancient hunting grounds, ‘modern’ humans had a technological advantage over their Neanderthal rivals – the dog
Pollinating insects are facing a global crisis, attacked with pesticides by farmers around the world. But work being undertaken in Kenya is showing how farmers and insects could live together in harmony

The tiger widows

The Sundarbans, which span India and Bangladesh, is a special place – a rich and diverse ecosystem, a vast carbon sink and the world’s largest mangrove forest. It’s also home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, notorious for attacking locals who,…

Berries and the bear

As traditional food sources become inaccessible, polar bears are having to look elsewhere for new snacks

Law of the wild

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

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