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India's wild tiger population jumps to almost 3,000: census

India's wild tiger population jumps to almost 3,000: census

India's wild tiger population has increased by more than 30 percent in just four years, according to a new census released Monday, raising hopes for the survival of the endangered species.

Vietnam seizes 125 kilos of rhino horn hidden in plaster

Vietnam seizes 125 kilos of rhino horn hidden in plaster

Fifty-five pieces of rhino horn were found encased in plaster at an airport in the Vietnamese capital, authorities said Sunday, as the country tries to crack down on sophisticated wildlife smuggling routes.

Russian officials say will free 'whale jail' animals

Russian officials say will free 'whale jail' animals

Russian officials said Monday they will work towards freeing all orcas and belugas from a notorious facility in the east of the country, after a visit by US-based marine mammal advocates.

Mass Australian stranding leaves 28 whales dead

Mass Australian stranding leaves 28 whales dead

Twenty-eight whales were found dead in the remote southeast of Australia Wednesday, following a mass stranding that has baffled experts.

145 whales die on remote New Zealand beach

145 whales die on remote New Zealand beach

Up to 145 pilot whales have died in a mass stranding in a remote part of New Zealand, with authorities saying Monday they made the ‘heart-breaking’ decision to euthanise dozens that lay stricken on the shore.

Two rhinos die in Chad after being relocated from S Africa

Two rhinos die in Chad after being relocated from S Africa

Two of six critically endangered black rhinos have died of unknown causes five months after being flown from South Africa to Chad in a pioneering project to re-introduce the animals, officials said Sunday.

Vietnam seizes nearly a ton of pangolin scales, ivory

Vietnam seizes nearly a ton of pangolin scales, ivory

Vietnam has seized around a ton of pangolin scales and ivory hidden inside airline cargo packages, state media reported, as the country struggles to rein in wildlife smuggling across its borders.

Rare teeth from ancient mega-shark found on Australia beach

Rare teeth from ancient mega-shark found on Australia beach

A rare set of teeth from a giant prehistoric mega-shark twice the size of the great white have been found on an Australian beach by a keen-eyed amateur enthusiast, scientists said Thursday.

Six pygmy elephants found dead on Malaysian Borneo

Six pygmy elephants found dead on Malaysian Borneo

Six Borneo pygmy elephants have been found dead in Malaysian palm oil plantations in recent weeks, officials said Monday, the latest of the endangered creatures to perish as their rainforest habitat is devastated.

Rare tortoises rescued from dealers in Madagascar

Rare tortoises rescued from dealers in Madagascar

The radiated tortoises were so dry that some of them had to be soaked in water for weeks, said Susie Bartlett, from the Wildlife Conservation Society, based in New York's Bronx Zoo.

38 pilot whales die after New Zealand rescue bid abandoned

38 pilot whales die after New Zealand rescue bid abandoned

All 38 pilot whales of a pod that became stranded on a remote beach on New Zealand's West Coast are dead after the surviving 12 had to be euthanised on Thursday.

Spotted marsupial returned to mainland Australia

Spotted marsupial returned to mainland Australia

A species of spotted marsupial devastated by foxes has been returned to the wild in mainland Australia for the first time in almost 50 years in a rare and landmark conservation success story.