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From the hotly debated topic of elephants and ivory to deciding the fate of lesser-known creatures struggling for survival, this year’s CITES conference is sure to be one of the most important and potentially game-changing meetings yet
The Annamite Mountains stretch through Laos, Vietnam and northeast Cambodia and are home to a host of unusual creatures, including the little-seen saola, one of the world’s rarest large mammals. But as Melody Kemp reports, a lack of protection from…
Indonesia’s trade in wild birds for domestic use is putting several species, including its own national bird, in grave danger
Civil war and associated illegal mining in the DRC region could see one of our ‘closest living relatives’ completely wiped out within the next few decades
The Great Barrier Reef’s only endemic mammal is now extinct
Bewick’s swan numbers are dropping – and no one knows why. An epic aerial adventure into the Russian Arctic tundra aims to find out the answer
A progressive approach to conservation unites snow leopards and local villagers in the Indian Himalaya
Listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ by the IUCN, the double-humped camel has nonetheless proved a remarkable breed. John Hare of the Wild Camel Protection Foundation outlines makes a case for the future of the species
In Thailand, marine biologists are teaming with sports fishermen to help find, record and preserve one of the ocean’s most mysterious creatures
Is the Northern Rangelands Trust the case study the rest of Africa needs to safeguard the continent’s iconic wildlife?
Nearly hunted to extinction in the early 20th century, the wild carnivore is now making a welcome comeback for farmers in the UK

Boom in wildlife crime

The world’s fourth largest criminal enterprise is the illegal trade in environmental products. Now both INTERPOL and the UN are calling for greater collaboration and leadership to combat these activities

Bison: home on the range

The designation of the North American bison as the national mammal of the US is recognition of the remarkable conservation efforts that have revived the species from the brink of extinction
The UK’s last wild lynx disappeared around 700AD. They could return in a trial introduction in 2017
The wait is over for biologists at Slovenia’s Postojna Cave as their first ‘baby dragon’ or ‘human fish’ is born, giving a rare snapshot into the strange and little-known world of this bizarre amphibian
By setting fire to the world’s largest ever stockpile of ivory, Kenya aims to draw global attention to the threats facing African elephants, especially from poaching
Conservation of threatened iconic species will be aided by the re-opening of Loisaba, a tourist operation in Laikipia County, Kenya
Thirty years on, the Chernobyl disaster still leaves a radioactive footprint on Norwegian reindeer. However, could the worst of it be over?

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