Donna Partridge aims high in Extreme Huntress competition

Donna Partridge is in the final 20 of a worldwide women’s hunting competition.

Chris Ward   "I have what it takes as a hard core Extreme Huntress":

Texas hunter shoots endangered rhino after winning auction

Corey Knowlton says his killing of the black rhinoceros has raised awareness of the critically endangered species.

Anna M. Tinsley   A US hunter who paid $442,170 to kill a black rhinoceros in Namibia says his actions will help protect the critically-endangered species.

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Orangutan fights for freedom in Argentina

Shy: Sandra, an orangutan fighting for limited legal rights, in Buenos Aires Zoo in 2010.

The fate of an orang-utan named Sandra is inching through a court in Argentina, after another court ruled she was entitled to certain rights, including the right to be freed from the Buenos Aires Zoo.

DNA detectives track covert Southern Ocean whaling

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Andrew Darby   DNA detective work has tracked down meat on sale in Japan from endangered fin and sei whales.

Sledgehammer claim won't stop cattle trade: Joyce, Abbott

Animals Australia has included this photograph, taken inside a Vietnamese abattoir last month, in its complaint to the Department of Agriculture.

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce won't suspend the live cattle trade to Vietnam despite "barbaric" claims animals are being killed with sledgehammers at local abattoirs.

Cattle 'killed by sledgehammer in Vietnam'

Animals Australia has included this photograph, taken inside a Vietnamese abattoir last month, in its complaint to the Department of Agriculture.

Animal activists are calling for an end to the live cattle trade to Vietnam where they say Australian stock are being slaughtered with sledgehammers.

How Taronga Zoo is saving a species

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19:  Gorilla baby Mjukuu, who was born in 2014, is seen with his mother Mbeli as another yet to be named baby is seen on display at Taronga Zoo on May 19, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  The newest baby gorilla was born to Western-lowland Gorilla Frala and Silverback, Kibali and at this stage the sex is yet to be determined.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Rachel Browne   A succesful breeding program at Taronga working in tandem with a mobile phone recycling campaign is helping to save the critically endangered western lowland gorilla.

Ban balloons to save bird, say scientists

Releasing balloons at ceremonies kills birds and should be banned, say scientists.

Andrew Darby   Releasing balloons en masse into the sky to mark funerals and other ceremonies is killing birds, say scientists who have called for the practice to be banned.

Depp's dogs face scrutiny from US Customs

Lianne Kent with Pistol (left) and Elly Kent with Boo.

Pistol and Boo better have their paperwork in order and appear healthy when they land in the US.

Eye-opening day for three lizards now on low-fat diets

A Double Crested Basilisk gets an eye examination.

Bridie Smith   About a year ago, reptile keepers at Melbourne Zoo first noticed changes to the eye in one of their crested basilisk lizards. Fatty deposits had started to appear, making the eye appear cloudy.

Running for rhinos

In South Africa, poachers kill one rhino every eight hours.

Nicky Phillips   Since Danielle Fryday went to Africa in 2007, rhinos number have plummeted. But she has a plan to revive their numbers.

First fully warm-blooded fish found in deep ocean

Nicholas Wegner holds an opah caught during a research survey off the California coast.

Chelsea Harvey   It's one of the most basic facts of biology we're taught in school: birds and mammals are warm-blooded, while reptiles, amphibians and fish are cold-blooded. But new research is turning this well-known "knowledge" on its head.

Winston the python has barbecue tongs surgically removed

An X-ray shows the tongs stuck inside the snake.

Nick Allen   A pet python called Winston has undergone surgery to remove a pair of barbecue tongs he swallowed.

Depp's dog ordeal sparks social media backlash

Johnny Depp with one of his dogs.

Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says the dogs must "bugger off" home within the next two days or they will be euthanased for skipping quarantine.

Groomer sad for Depp and 'immaculate' dogs

Johnny Depp with one of his dogs.

Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says the dogs must "bugger off" home within the next two days or they will be euthanased for skipping quarantine.

Johnny Depp's dogs spark Customs review

Lianne Kent with Pistol (left) and Elly Kent with Boo.

Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says the dogs must "bugger off" home within the next two days or they will be euthanased for skipping quarantine.

Raining spiders in Goulburn? Entirely possible, scientist says

Paddocks in Albury show the extent of the ‘spider rain’.

Inga Ting   Millions of baby spiders appeared to be raining from the sky in the Southern Tablelands earlier this month, with one astonished local fearing the region had been "invaded by spiders" and another reporting his home was "covered" in the creatures.

Filmmaker's close encounter with great white shark

Close encounter: Dave Riggs found himself within inches of a great white shark.

Documentary filmmaker Dave Riggs unexpectedly found himself within inches of the open mouth of a female great white shark, but has walked away from the encounter with a deeper respect for these "magnificent" creatures.

Why dolphins' teeth put them at the greatest risk of slaughter

 Solomon Islands Dolphin Trade

Elahe Izadi   More than 15,000 dolphins have been killed by just one village in the Solomon Islands in the past 40 years, largely so that grooms can give necklaces to their wives-to-be.

Western quolls bounce back from near extinction

Rare breed: Zedora, a female Quoll is set for release.

Lucy Cormack   The western quoll, one of Australia's most endangered species, is finding a fresh start in South Australia.

Mogo Zoo welcomes birth of endangered silvery gibbon

An endangered silvery gibbon was born at Mogo Zoo over the weekend.

Emma Kelly   While the world awaited the birth of a royal bub on Saturday staff at Mogo Zoo welcomed a new edition to their own furry and feathery family.

Rare birds found inside water bottles in Indonesia

A policeman holds a water bottle with a yellow-crested cockatoo put inside for illegal trade, at the customs office of Tanjung Perak port in Surabaya, East Java province, Indonesia.

Indonesian police have arrested a suspected wildlife smuggler after discovering nearly two dozen rare live birds, mostly yellow-crested cockatoos, jammed inside plastic water bottles in his luggage.

Outrage after Spanish police shoot chimp

The chimpanzees escaped after breaking bars on their cage

Animal rights groups have slammed Spanish police for shooting dead a chimpanzee named Eve who escaped from a zoo on the holiday island of Mallorca with her companion Adam.

War on 'rogue' crocodiles escalates in WA's Kimberley

Payday weighs all of 300 kilograms and was captured at the Fitzroy River after being considered dangerous to humans.

Steve Holland   An increase in croc sightings in the Kimberley has prompted worried authorities to step up their efforts to stop the salties threatening locals and tourists.

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Puppy killer Nathan Thompson jailed for 12 months

Nathan Thompson outside court on Monday.

Dan Proudman   Kurri Kurri puppy killer Nathan Thompson has been banned from having anything to do with animals for at least 10 years.

The 30-year fight for chimps' rights

Lifelong campaign: Nonhuman Rights Project president Steven Wise talks during the 2015  Animal Law Lecture Series.

Steve Jacobs   Steven Wise has spent much of his life trying to convince a sceptical world that chimpanzees should have legal rights, such as the right to be free.

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Trawler Geelong Star returns to port after again killing dolphins in net

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Andrew Darby   The controversial freezer trawler Geelong Star has had to return to port after a second round of dolphin killings in its giant net.

A sea lion named 'Rubbish' found wandering the streets of San Francisco

The stranded sea lion pup, Rubbish, lying next to a car on a San Francisco street.

Elahe Izadi   Starving pups give up wait for mothers who have left island colonies to hunt fish who have gone far away from warmer coastal waters.

Tortoise gets a new set of wheels

Mrs T, the 90-year-old tortoise, with her new set of wheels.

Michael Koziol   How do you give a 90-year-old a new lease on life? Attach a pair of wheels, of course.

'Platypus' dinosaur was so strange scientists first thought it was fake

An odd duck: An artist's depiction shows the Chilesaurus diegosuarezi.

Rachel Feltman   It's an unusual hodgepodge of features that can tell us something about dinosaur evolution.