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From Med's biggest nesting ground, turtles swim to uncertain future

Oct 12, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Tourism, climate change and good fortune all weigh on the future of the loggerhead turtle population, which the International Union for Conservation of Nature lists as vulnerable

A newborn loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) heads towards the sea after got free from their eggshells at a beach in Kyparissia, south west Greece, on September 23, 2019. With a coastline of around 44 kilometres (27 miles), Kyparissia had over 3,700 nests this year, up from 3,500 in 2018. Typically, female loggerhead return to the beach of their birth to lay their eggs once they mature at the age of 20. ARIS MESSINIS / AFP

Endangered green sea turtle found dead in Cebu town

May 27, 2019 - 9:19 PM

This is not the first time that locals have observed motorboat propeller injuries on sea turtles

PROPELLER INJURIES. This is not the first time that locals have observed propeller injuries on sea turtles. Photo courtesy of Kristina Luz Tapales

Climate change threatens half World Heritage sites' glaciers – report

May 01, 2019 - 12:00 AM

Authors of a new study 'predict glacier extinction by 2100 under a high emission scenario in 21 of the 46 natural World Heritage sites where glaciers are currently found'

DENR to public: Report establishments selling tawilis

Apr 10, 2019 - 7:09 PM

The DENR Calabarzon says selling and catching of tawilis is prohibited during the closed season

Taal lake photo courtesy of DENR

San Marino brand stops making canned tawilis

Jan 26, 2019 - 5:52 PM

The canned goods brand also says it has 'depletion plans' for affected stocks of its San Marino Premium Tawilis product, like donating it to charitable institutions

Sardinella tawilis. Photo by Zeus Llanto/Rappler

How a plan to save Kenya's rhino left 11 dead in historic blunder

Aug 30, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Eleven of Kenya's precious black rhinos were transferred to a new home in what was supposed to be a routine operation in a country fabled for its conservation. So how did all of them end up dead?

SAVING RHINOS. Kenya's Tourism and Wildlife Minister Najib Balala (L) looks on as Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) personnel subdue a sedated black rhinoceros at the Nairobi National Park on June 26, 2018 as they prepare to translocate it to Tsavo National Park where some 11 of the critically endangered animals were translocated from Nairobi and Nakuru and ended up dead due to harsh conditions. File photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Science hope for threatened koalas

Jul 03, 2018 - 3:33 PM

'The genome has allowed us to understand the koala immune genes in detail for the first time,' says a co-author of the study

HOPE. In this photo taken on April 28, 2016, a koala feeds at the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie. File photo by Peter Parks/AFP

UN Environment hits 'terrorist' tag on Filipino IP advocates

Mar 18, 2018 - 11:20 AM

'These charges must be dropped immediately,' says United Nations Environment head Erik Solheim

TERRORIST TAG. The UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli Corpuz, is included in the Philippine government's list of terrorists, along with CPP members. File photo by Orlando Sierra/AFP

Bangladesh hopes to rekindle passion to save rare crocodiles

Aug 13, 2017 - 11:05 PM

To save the nearly extinct gharials or fish eating crocodiles conservationists bring together a male and a female hoping they will mate

A 36-year-old female Gharial crocodile is released in the zoo of Bangladesh's northeastern city of Rajshahi o August 13, 2017. Bangladeshi conservationists introduced two rare river-dwelling crocodiles to potential mates Sunday in a last-ditch attempt to save the critically-endangered species from extinction. A 36-year-old female gharial -- a fish-eating crocodile once native to rivers across the Indian subcontinent -- was brought from a zoo in northeast Bangladesh to the capital Dhaka, where it is hoped she will mate with an older male to repopulate the species.   / AFP PHOTO / -

Chinese police probe endangered animal banquet

Feb 09, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Government officials are accused of feasting on pangolins the most trafficked mammal on earth

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MARLOWE HOOD (FILES) This file photo taken on September 22, 2016 shows a Zimbabwe game reserve guide touching "Marimba", a female pangolin weighing 10kgs that has been nine years in care at Wild Is Life animal sanctuary just outside the country's capital Harare. Two studies published on January 11, 2017 by Britain's Royal Society nicely illustrate how Nature imposes choices that determine whether a specimen -- or a species -- will thrive, or just barely survive. Examining 647 types of mammals, Theodore Stankowich and Ashly Romero from California State University Long Beach discovered that those boasting impressive protective gear were also not the brightest of beasts.  / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Cheetahs 'sprinting' towards extinction – wildlife study

Dec 27, 2016 - 10:45 PM

A new study estimates that just 7 100 cheetahs remain in the wild occupying just 9 of the territory they once lived in

(FILES) This file photo taken on February 18, 2016 shows a captive cheetah licking her sibling in an enclosure at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Otjiwarongo, Namibia, on February 18, 2016. Cheetahs are "sprinting" to extinction due to habitat loss and other forms of human impact, according to a new study out at the end of December 2016 which called for urgent action to save the world's fastest land animals. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Most illegal ivory from recently killed elephants – study

Nov 08, 2016 - 4:33 PM

International trade in ivory from elephants killed after 1989 has long been banned

African elephants 'suffer worst decline in 25 years'

Sep 25, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Poaching takes a dramatic toll on the elephant population in Africa with just around 415 000 elephants left

Elephants roam through trees and low bush on Septemebr 19, 2016 at the Pilanesberg National Park in the North West province, South Africa.    The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES 2016) conference will kick off in Johannesburg on September 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

World governments urge end to domestic ivory markets

Sep 11, 2016 - 9:52 AM

World leaders of the International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN voted to call on countries to close ivory trade

IVORY. Elephant tusks seized by French customs in Ivry-sur-Seine, outside Paris on June 8, 2016. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Envi groups: Declare 'marine peace park' in South China Sea

Sep 07, 2016 - 1:37 PM

The motion filed with the International Union for Conservation of Nature recommends the suspension of the exploitation of natural resources in the disputed sea

Reclamation activities in Gaven Reef as of December 12, 2014. Image courtesy Department of National Defense

Native people's rights violated in name of 'conservation' – UN

Sep 07, 2016 - 10:54 AM

UN expert: Some conservation groups violating indigenous people s rights by by backing projects that oust them from their ancestral homes in the name of environmental preservation

In this photo taken on April 29, 2015 shows a village in Mayoyao, Ifugao province, part of the spectacular mountain rice terrace region in the northern Philippines that is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Karl Malakunas/AFP

Life-altering science moves fast, sparking debate

Sep 06, 2016 - 4:51 PM

Scientific techniques that can wipe out invasive species or alter mosquitoes ability to carry disease are pushing ahead raising concerns about the ethics of permanently changing the natural world

Warming oceans are 'sick,' global scientists warn

Sep 06, 2016 - 10:41 AM

Global warming is making the oceans sicker than ever before spreading disease among animals and humans and threatening food security across the planet a report says

A general view shows Turtle Beach during a tour by US President Barack Obama of Midway Atoll in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the Pacific Ocean on September 1, 2016. Saul Loeb/AFP

Giant pandas no longer 'endangered' in China – officials

Sep 05, 2016 - 11:12 AM

The improvement for the giant panda Ailuropoda melanoleuca is announced as part of an update to the International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN Red List

WE'RE SAFE! Giant panda Mei Xiang(L) and her cub Bei Bei play in their enclosure August 24, 2016 at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. Karen Bleier/AFP

World nears 2020 goal of restoring degraded forests

Sep 04, 2016 - 10:32 AM

A total of 36 governments organizations and companies have now committed to the Bonn Challenge to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land by 2020

A re-emerging forest. Photo from Kalikasan PNE

Japan hatches penguin chicks using artificial insemination

May 25, 2016 - 11:30 PM

After 4 years of experiments scientists are successfully able to use artificial insemination for the rare Humboldt penguin

This handout picture taken on April 17, 2016 and released on May 25, 2016 by the Shimonoseki Marine Science Museum shows a baby Humboldt penguin which was bred through artificial insemination in Yamaguchi prefecture. The Japanese aquarium said on May 25 it has successfully hatched two Humboldt penguin babies via artificial insemination, the first time in the world for the endangered penguin spices. / AFP PHOTO / SHIMONOSEKI MARINE SCIENCE MUSEUM KAIKYOKAN / STR / --EDITORS--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / SHIMONOSEKI MARINE SCIENCE MUSEUM KAIKYOKAN" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS -DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

Cambodian tigers declared 'functionally extinct'

Apr 06, 2016 - 10:30 PM

This means there are no longer any breeding populations of tigers left in Cambodia

epa04863685 A Cambodian tiger walks in a zoo at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center in Takeo province, Cambodia, 28 July 2015. The world marks International Tiger Day on 29 July 2015, aiming to raise awareness of the tiger conservation. EPA/MAK REMISSA

Orangutans burnt to death in Indonesia

Mar 03, 2016 - 3:40 PM

The charred bodies of the endangered Bornean orangutans believed to be a mother and her two daughters were discovered among fire blackened remains of trees their limbs outstretched and grimaces of pain on their faces

ENDANGERED. Orangutans in Indonesia lose their habitats and their lives to forest fires. File photo by EPA/BARBARA WALTON

Over half of world's primates on brink of extinction – experts

Nov 24, 2015 - 6:42 PM

Species long known to be at risk have been joined on the most endangered list for the first time by the Philippine tarsier and the Lavasoa Mountains dwarf lemur from Madagascar

The wRap Indonesia: 4th economic stimulus, Sumatran elephants found dead

Oct 16, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include a damning report on the treatment of Indonesia s death row inmates and new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp s statements ahead of his team s first game under his leadership

FOUND DEAD. Two critically-endangered Sumatran elephants were found dead from suspected poisoning in Indonesia's Aceh province. AFP photo/Aceh Province Forest Protection Agecny/Awir Belo

Two rare elephants found dead in Indonesia

Oct 15, 2015 - 6:34 PM

Villagers found the carcasses of the female elephants aged two and 15 bleeding from their mouths and rectums

FOUND DEAD. Two critically-endangered Sumatran elephants were found dead from suspected poisoning in Indonesia's Aceh province. AFP photo/Aceh Province Forest Protection Agecny/Awir Belo

France seizes 170 rare baby tortoises at airport

Dec 29, 2014 - 9:31 PM

Customs officials say the tortoises are destined for Laos

PROTECTION. A photo taken on April 9, 2014 shows a turtle on a beach of the French overseas Glorieuse island in the Indian ocean. File photo by Sophie Lautier/AFP

World parks congress ends, urges more ocean protection

Nov 19, 2014 - 1:37 PM

The World Parks Congress with representatives from 160 nations outlines a pathway for achieving a global target to protect at least 17 of land and 10 of oceans by 2020

PEEK-A-BOO. This photo taken on September 22, 2014 shows fish looking out from the coral of the Great Barrier Reef. William West/AFP

Growing food demand threatens more species – IUCN

Nov 17, 2014 - 1:30 PM

IUCN: We urgently need to impose strict limits on harvesting and take appropriate measures to protect habitats

A girl looks at Pacific bluefin tunas swimming in an aquarium in Tokyo, Japan, 27 June 2013. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Fight to save endangered Indus dolphins, turtles

Nov 04, 2014 - 3:46 PM

Conservationists are fighting to save the Indus dolphin as well as the river s black spotted turtle

ENDANGERED. In this photograph taken on September 13, 2014, a blind dolphin swims along the Indus river in the southern Pakistani city of Sukkur. Rizwan Tabassum/AFP

Emperor penguins waddling to extinction – climate study

Jul 01, 2014 - 9:36 AM

Declining sea ice caused by climate change would place all 45 known emperor penguin colonies into decline by 2100

GOING, GOING... A handout photo taken on June 20, 2011 and released on June 22, 2011 shows an Emperor penguin in New Zealand, some 3,000 kilometers (1,900) from his Antarctic home. Department of Conservation/Richard Gill/Handout/AFP

UN Security Council declares war on ivory poachers, traffickers

Feb 03, 2014 - 2:53 PM

Two resolutions adopted by the council last week state that the trade in illegal wildlife is fueling conflicts in the region and bankrolling organized crime

CRUSHED. The face of a crushed confiscated ivory trinket, estimated by US wildlife officials to be from around 2,000 elephants, is crushed at the National Wildlife Property Repository, Denver, Colorado, USA, 14 November 2013. Alex Hofford/EPA

African, Asian nations vow crackdown on illegal ivory trade

Dec 04, 2013 - 7:31 AM

Among those who agreed to the measures were key elephant nations such as Gabon Kenya Niger and Zambia transit countries Vietnam Philippines and Malaysia and ivory destination states including China and Thailand

CRUSHING CRIME. A road roller destroys elephant tusks that have been seized from illegal shipments since 2009 and are kept in storage at the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau-Department of Environment and Natural Resources (PAWB-DENR) in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of EPA

Nearly 21,000 species 'at risk of extinction'

Jul 02, 2013 - 10:14 AM

The IUCN update says 20 934 species are currently listed as threatened with extinction compared with 20 219 last October

THREATENED. A photo made available 09 June 2013 shows Galapagos sea lions (Zalophus wollebaeki) at the Baquerizo Moreno Port, in Galapagos, Ecuador 03 June 2013. Photo by EPA/Jose Jacome

Mt Etna, Rajasthan forts among new World Heritage sites

Jun 21, 2013 - 9:37 PM

Other entrants into the coveted list include the Mountains of the Pamirs in Tajikistan and China s Tianshan range in a move hailed by conservationists

WORLD HERITAGE SITE. A file picture dated 05 January 2012 shows a cloud of hot ash erupting from the summit of Mount Etna volcano, near Catania, Sicily Island, Italy. Photo by Franco Cufari/EPA

Why we must protect our seas

Jun 08, 2013 - 11:55 PM

Philippine fish stocks are depleting as a result of overfishing and habitat destruction

400 species added to threatened 'Red List'

Oct 17, 2012 - 4:03 PM

Over 400 plants and animals were added Wednesday October 17 to the Red List of species threatened with extinction the authors of a new report said