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Thai village under siege from marauding macaques

In a Thai village, homes are raided, property is pinched and locals are attacked by dastardly gangs operating beyond the law — but the perpetrators are not men, but monkeys. “They creep into my house when they see me sleeping, they go into the kitchen and take cooking oil, sugar…

Sumatra elephant ‘faces extinction in 30 years’: WWF

Sumatran elephants in the wild face extinction in less than 30 years unless there is an “immediate moratorium” on destruction of the animals’ habitat, environmental group WWF warned on Tuesday. There are now between 2,400 and 2,800 of the elephants left in the wild on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, which means the…

Scientists identify a new species every two days in Mekong region

Scientists identify a new species every two days in the Greater Mekong region, the WWF said Monday, in a report detailing 2010′s more unusual finds such as a leaf warbler and a self-cloning lizard. But the conservation group warned some species could disappear before they are ever recorded because of…

Nearly 200 rhinos killed this year in South Africa: WWF

Nearly 200 rhinos were killed in South Africa in the first half of 2011, with most slaughtered in the world-famous Kruger National Park, environmental group WWF said. South Africa lost 193 rhinos in the first six months of the year, with 126 of them killed in Kruger, one of South…

Wildlife group pushes to save Indonesian forest after rare tiger cubs caught on film

Watch video of tiger cubs playing in the forest here JAKARTA (AFP) – Conservation group WWF on Monday urged timber firms to drop plans to clear Indonesian forest areas where infra-red cameras have captured footage of rare Sumatran tigers and their cubs. The video, recorded in March and April, shows…

Putin warns tigers ‘close to catastrophe’

The world’s last wild tigers are “close to catastrophe”, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned on Tuesday at an unprecedented summit aiming to save the animal from extinction. The global tiger summit in Saint Petersburg, the first ever meeting of world leaders devoted to saving the fabled beast, agreed a…

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