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Environment

Conservation

South Africans safari owners charged in US with illegal rhino hunts

9:53am Two South African men have been charged by the US government with conspiracy to sell illegal rhinoceros hunts to American hunters, money laundering and secretly trafficking in rhino horns.

Chemicals blamed for the vanishing monarch butterfly

Once abundant in huge numbers, fewer monarch butterflies are taking flight.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The annual migration of the monarchs, one of the most inspiring natural phenomena on the planet, may be coming to an end.

Death of rare northern white rhino leaves species on brink of extinction

Kruger National Park Veterinary Wildlife Services staff move a white rhino to a safer part of the park.

Drazen Jorgic A rare northern white rhino has died in Kenya, a wildlife conservancy said on Saturday, leaving just six of the animals left alive and bringing the famed African species one step closer to extinction.

Extinct ladybird 'back from the dead'

Wily one: the rediscovered ladybird, Micraspis flavovittata.

BRIDIE SMITH An Australian ladybird beetle scientists presumed extinct for decades has come "back from the dead" after an amateur naturalist spotted more than 40 of the yellow and black bugs at a national park in western Victoria.

Orphaned wombat Chloe melts hearts at Taronga Zoo

Chloe being fed by zookeeper Evelyn Weston.

STEVE JACOBS Chloe loves to chew on shoes and to hide between the boots of her surrogate mum, zookeeper Evelyn Weston.

Taronga Zoo staffer becomes surrogate dad to wallaby baby

Taronga Zoo education co-ordinator Matt Dea with rescued wallaby joey Alkira.

STEVE JACOBS A Taronga Zoo staffer has become surrogate dad to a wallaby joey whose mother was killed by a car near Sydney.

Climate change leaves damselfish in distress

Damselfish in distress: A study has shown that exposure to higher carbon dioxide levels has a negative impact on various aspects of fish behaviour.

Hannah Francis A breed of tropical Australian fish is set to have a hard time coping with rising C02 levels.

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Jeff Thomason draws controversy for record-breaking mako shark catch

Jeff Thomason with his world record mako shark catch.

Veronica Rocha Jeff Thomason's record-breaking catch of a 367-kilogram mako shark with a bow and arrow has netted a school of criticism on social media.

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Taronga's echidnas follow their leader as keepers hope for a puggle

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Steve Jacobs Echidnas at Taronga Zoo have recently been taking part in a strange breeding ritual known as “trailing”, leading keepers to hope for a rare puggle as the babies are known.

New generation returns to care for country

Warddeken land management, West Arnhem land,Northern Territory . Terrah Guymala. 18th of September 2014 The Age news Picture by JOE ARMAO

BRIDIE SMITH As a young bloke, Terrah Guymala remembers being on a mission station and seeing wildfire smoke on the horizon. He recalls the "old people" on the mission talking about the smoke haze. It was rising from their land. Their country was burning.

Monkey populations will suffer as climate change alters their food

Colobus monkeys

NICKY PHILLIPS If you consider the consequences of global warming, it's always the major impacts that receive the most attention - glaciers melting, sea levels rising, more frequent and more intense bush fires, floods and cyclones.

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Polar bears find a new menu option

Polar bears' loss of ice to hunt from has led them to find a new food source.

James Gorman But the polar bears here discovered a new menu option. They eat snow geese.

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The live cattle trade

Animals Australia has uncovered terrible cruelty in Indonesian abattoirs. Here is our record of events.