Botswana’s elephants are officially an economic asset.
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At an international summit in Egypt this month, nations will hopefully make progress towards recognising the economic value of wildlife and other environmental assets.
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Conservation surveillance can generate fear and anger among local people.
A pod of narwhals (
Monodon monoceros) in central Baffin Bay. Narwhals are the most vulnerable animals to increased ship traffic in the Arctic Ocean.
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Climate change is shrinking Arctic sea ice and opening the region to ship traffic. Whales, seals and other marine mammals could be at risk unless nations adopt rules to protect them.
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The WWF's report avoids the C-word – here's why that matters.
The Endangered Species Act was enacted in 1973 partly to help save the bald eagle, the U.S. national symbol, from extinction. Should public appeal influence which species get priority?
How should the US spend limited funds for conserving endangered species? A new data tool lets managers compare different strategies so they can allocate money to protect the most species.
Prince William in Laikipia, Kenya, on September 30, 2018.
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A movement built on inequality can also perpetuate that same inequality.
Releasing a female wolf on Isle Royale, Oct. 2, 2018.
The National Park Service is moving wolves to Isle Royale in Lake Superior to replenish a small pack on the island. Wolves prey on moose, which are overgrazing the island. It doesn't hurt that they are charismatic.
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Saving the rhino means tackling demand for its horn.
A wild dingo from the Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia.
The WA government has announced plans to reclassify dingoes as no different to wild dogs - paving the way for them to be culled at will. But dingoes are unique and deserve to be recognised as such.
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Data collected by zoos can help scientists model the populations of endangered species.
Scientists have created embryos from the eggs of southern white rhino and sperm from their northern counterparts.
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Time to rethink orangutan conservation, now we know that our red relatives are actually very adaptable.
A feral cat snapped by a remote camera in the wild.
The average Australian feral cat kills 225 reptiles a year, which adds up to 596 million in total, according to a new estimate. Pet cats, meanwhile, kill a further 53 million.
Red fox under cover of darkness in London.
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It's becoming harder and harder for animals to find human-free spaces on the planet. New research suggests that to try to avoid people, mammals are shifting activity from the day to the nighttime.
People transporting gasoline by boat in Indonesia’s Kayan Mentarang National Park.
The world's national parks cover an area bigger than South America. But a new survey finds that one-third of this area is subject to pressure from human developments, potentially putting wildlife at risk.
Eyes in the sky: drone footage is becoming a vital tool for monitoring ecosystems.
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Ecology is in the midst of a technological revolution. From tiny sensors that can be fitted to animals, to swarms of remotely-piloted drones, researchers have a host of new ways to study the natural world.
Tundra swans, which nest in the Arctic and migrate south in fall, alight at Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina.
The Interior Department is narrowing protection for migratory birds to cover only deliberate harm such as hunting, but not threats like development or pollution that kill millions of birds yearly.
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Rhino resurrection is tempting, but if humans cannot save a species in nature, what future for animals that we manufacture?
The last male Northern white rhino died in February. Two females remain, but extinction seems likely.
We can't save all endangered species, but we could save some. Zoo populations will be the last hope for many threatened species.
Ocelot of trouble.
Three researchers studied the "crop raiders" of the Brazilian rainforest in the hope of aiding both local farmers and wildlife conservation.