Under threat from poachers, the rhinos who live in… Kent


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Under threat from poachers, the rhinos who live in… KentBlack rhinos at Kent zoos may be targeted by poachers for their hornsAspinall foundation looking to imply 24-hour security to protect them in South Africa, up almost 50 per cent on the number for 2011.

Cull one million deer a year to stop them from devastating woodland, wildflowers and crops, say experts


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Cull one million deer a year to stop them from devastating woodland, wildflowers and crops, say experts A cull is necessary to keep a population explosion under control Without it, they will continue to devastate woodland, wildflowers and crops By Emily Andrews PUBLISHED: 02:02 GMT, 7 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:55 GMT, 7 March 2013 We should stop seeing wild deer as cuddly ‘Bambis’ and cull half their number to stop further damage to the countryside, experts said yesterday. Shooting almost a million animals every year using trained hunters is necessary to keep a population explosion under control, they warned.

A watery grave for our wildlife: Birds drowned in their nests. Butterflies obliterated. Sheep and cattle fighting to survive. A naturalist laments the…


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A watery grave for our wildlife: Birds drowned in their nests. Butterflies obliterated

Invisible animals! These Incredible images show animals doing a disappearing act when predators are near


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Can you spot the 'invisible animal' Incredible images show nature's disappearing act when predators are near These animals are trying their utmost to fool predators by blending into landscapes all over the world They were taken by photographer Art Wolfe over a period of 35 years, for his work 'Vanishing Act' | UPDATED: 16:35 GMT, 27 December 2012 Whether they are hunters or the hunted, these cunning animals are all masters of disguise who can fool even the most beady-eyed passer by into believing they are not there. Some hide under lily pads, some dissolve into the bark of a tree while others slip seamlessly into the snow, either to hide from a hungry predator or silently stalk an unwitting prey. But the one thing from which they cannot hide is the all-seeing camera lens of photographer Art Wolfe.

Super-cute panda celebrates the wintry weather by taking a tumble in the snow


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Look, I can do a roly-poly! Super-cute panda celebrates the wintry weather by taking a tumble in the snow | UPDATED: 20:55 GMT, 27 December 2012 It is on days like this one a thick fur comes in handy – and one fun-loving panda took full advantage of his built-in protection as he took a tumble in the snow. Giant panda Wei Wei did not waste an opportunity to roly-poly in the cold at Wuhan Zoo in Hubei Province in China. Wei Wei practiced his acrobatics alongside his friends at the zoo after a thin layer of snow fell over Christmas.

Dancing on ice: Snowy owl left with a big smile on his face as practises his moves


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Dancing on ice: Snowy owl left with a big smile on his face as practises his moves | UPDATED: 20:16 GMT, 16 December 2012 This owl looks like it's taking advantage of the cold weather to practise its skating moves on the ice. The snowy owl was captured on camera with one leg outstretched behind it while it balanced on one claw. But, the beautiful bird may just have been stretching after it woke up to freezing temperatures of -20C in Montreal, Canada

Patrick Moore and why knowledge trumps the vacuous appeal of celebrity


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Patrick Moore and why knowledge trumps the vacuous appeal of celebrity | UPDATED: 07:37 GMT, 11 December 2012 The passing of Patrick Moore, stargazer, great British eccentric and professional grump, leaves David Attenborough as the last survivor of the golden age of telly-teachers. For half a century, the small screen, and especially the BBC portion of it, boasted a galaxy of presenters whose unembarrassed mission was to deliver sparkling lectures on things they knew a lot about: astronomy, wildlife, science, history, art, gardening. Their programmes were unlike almost anything nowadays, on two counts

London bar accused of selling illegal whale skin cocktail


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London bar raided after selling a cocktail 'flavoured with whale skin' Nightjar in Hoxton, east London, sold drink called Moby Dick, allegedly with 'infused whale skin'Police raided venue after tip-off from animal conservationistsWhale banned from sale in most of Europe | UPDATED: 10:28 GMT, 9 December 2012 A London cocktail bar has outraged animal conservationists after it was discovered selling a cocktail allegedly flavoured with whale skin. Whale is banned from sale in Europe as part of EU protection policies, but it would appear the Nightjar bar in Hoxton, east London, has been flouting those rules. A cocktail called the Moby Dick is described on the bar's menu as containing Laphroaig whiskey, Drambuie, ale and bitters – and a 'whale skin infusion'

Moment lioness slows down fleeing antelope by launching herself on to its back


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The buck stops here: Moment lioness slows down fleeing antelope by launching herself on to its back…Sadly, creature did not stand a chance after lion ambush at MalaMala game reserve in South Africa | UPDATED: 13:52 GMT, 3 December 2012 This is the incredible moment a brave antelope tried to shake off a hungry lioness – by trying to launch her into the air. The beast became the lion's prime target for dinner, after it ran directly into a hungry pride at the MalaMala game reserve, in South Africa. When the young lioness finally caught up with the panicking bull, he clearly wasn't about to give up without a fight – and tried to launch the lion through the air after putting in an almighty buck

Record 588 rhinos killed by poachers in South Africa this year


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Record 588 rhinos are killed by poachers in South Africa this year to 'fuel demand from wealthy Chinese,' say officials More rhinos have been killed in South Africa this year than at any time since the colonial period The government has announced plans to deploy troops to wildlife parksPoachers sell the animals' horns for use in traditional medicine | UPDATED: 19:22 GMT, 28 November 2012 The South African government has announced plans to deploy armed troops into its wildlife parks in a bid to protect the country’s rhinoceroses from poachers targeting the animals’ famous horns. The plans – which could see helicopter gunships patrol game parks’ skies and soldiers wearing night vision goggles on the ground – were announced as new figures show that more rhinos have been killed in South Africa this year than at any time since the colonial period.