Rare stick insect to go international to save its species

Bridie Smith   Hundreds of precious Lord Howe Island stick insect eggs will be sent overseas as part of a captive breeding program for the critically endangered Australian insect - which until 2001 was thought extinct.

Scientists use taxidermy decoys to catch rare native cranes

Ecologist Inka Veltheim waits in a hide for the notoriously shy brolgas to land.

Bridie Smith   "They just happened to have two dead brolgas in their freezer that had died of natural causes so they were kind enough to provide them."

CSI-style approach gets results in shark fin trade battle

Australian forensic specialist Jenny Giles with a seized basking shark fin from the California case.

Bridie Smith   As subjects in criminal investigations go, sharks probably aren't the first things that come to mind. But for Seattle-based Australian forensic specialist Jenny Giles, the ocean's top-order predators are central to her work.

Shark pyramid reveals how sharks target their prey

Grey reef sharks show off spectacular feeding behaviour in a video shot on a reef in  in French Polynesia.

Lucy Cormack   A pyramid of sharks, revealed in striking new footage, shows how the animals modify their hunting behaviour based on the type of fish they are gunning for.

Birth of rare rhino in Australia 'incredibly special'

He had no trouble finding his feet, following his mother Amala everywhere.

Georgina Mitchell   The male calf is the first of his breed to be born in Australia.

Ecologists fear for bird species as the big dry approaches

Ecologist Dale Nimmo says trees help a landscape support native animals in tough times.

Bridie Smith    A "loss of resilience" among Australia's native animals has ecologists on alert ahead of what is forecast to be a long, hot summer.

China's shift raises hope for Antarctic reserves

Adelie penguins, at home in the Ross Sea, which is a step closer to marine reserve status.

Andrew Darby   Agreement on marine reserves protecting some of Antarctica's great natural treasures is a step closer, with a shift by the key fishing power, China.

Swift parrot listed as critically endangered by conservation authority

Taking flight: The critically endangered swift parrot.

Andrew Darby   Pressure is rising for urgent action to protect Australia's fastest nectar-eater, the swift parrot, after its international status was changed to "critically endangered".

Florida plans to repeat black bear hunt next year

Richard Sajko, of Valrico, Florida, explains how he killed one of the two bears on the back of his pick-up truck at the Rock Springs Run Wildlife Management Area near Lake Mary on Saturday.

David Fleshler   The state's wildlife service is pursuing criminal cases against several hunters, while some are considering lawsuits against opponents who threatened and harassed them online.

Hunters kill 300 bears in two days as Florida lifts shooting ban

Target: A black bear, seen here in a file photo.

Hunters gunned down almost bears in Florida this weekend, when the state lifted restrictions on shooting the creatures.

Feral deer in Parks Victoria sights to protect wildlife corridor

A wild deer caught by an infrared camera in the Watsons Creek habitat link to Kinglake National Park.

Darren Gray   Deer numbers have increased and the animals have killed or damaged trees and seedlings in the Watsons Creek habitat link, part of a wildlife corridor which connects bushland around the Yarra River in Warrandyte to the Kinglake plateau.

Munro hops on scales for a fishy treat

Where's my fish? Taronga Zoo's Fiordland crested penguin Munro.

Steve Jacobs   When the crested penguin was found, he was malnourished after an epic 2000-kilometre swim across sub-Antarctic waters.

New species of giant tortoise discovered in Galapagos

A new species of tortoise, named <em>Chelonoidis donfaustoi,</em> has been discovered in the Cerro Fatal region of Santa Cruz island in the Galapagos Islands.

Rachel Feltman   About 250 tortoises on one side of Santa Cruz Island are genetically distinct from about 2000 living on the other side, analysis shows.

Treasury officials met with Adani to discuss loans

Treasurer Scott Morrison and Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg this week.

Lisa Cox   The Indian company that plans to develop Australia's biggest coal mine has registered its interest in a taxpayer funded scheme to help build its infrastructure, a Senate estimates hearing has heard.

German hunter shoots 'one of a kind' elephant in Zimbabwe

An elephant is seen in Hwange National Park, about 700 kilometres south west of Harare.

Peta Thornycroft, Aislinn Laing   It is an image that will haunt conservationists: one of Africa's most majestic creatures lying dead on the ground as a white Western hunter poses proudly by its side.

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Denmark zoo dissects lion in front of children, drawing outrage

Children react to the dissection of a lion in Odense Zoo on Thursday.

Dan Bilefsky   Denmark is a land of delightful fairy tales and modish wood furniture, but it's once again the target of international opprobrium over its treatment of zoo animals.

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Australia's largest coal mine gets nod

Abbot Point in Queensland, a proposed terminal for coal produced at Adani's Carmichael mine.

Nicole Hasham   The nation's largest coal mine has passed a significant hurdle after Environment Minister Greg Hunt approved it with "the strictest conditions in Australian history".

One of Victoria's rarest rodents found at Wilsons Promontory

The male New Holland mouse found at Wilsons Promontory on Wednesday.

Bridie Smith   For the first time in more than five years, ecologists have found a rare New Holland mouse at Wilsons Promontory.

Sydney crocodile Rex snaps out of hibernation

Rex at the Wild Life Sydney Zoo.

A hungry, five-metre, 700-kilogram crocodile has sunk his teeth into his first meal since snapping out of a six-month hibernation at Wild Life Sydney Zoo.

Meet the newly discovered hog-nosed rat

Good for slurping: The hog-nosed rat from Indonesia.

Scientists have discovered a previously unknown mammal, the hog-nosed rat, with features that have not been seen by science before.

Shooting Cecil did pride a favour, author says

Hunter and author: Wilbur Smith.

Aislinn Laing, Peta Thornycroft   Wilbur Smith, the South African author, has waded into the row surrounding Cecil the lion's death by suggesting that the animal was "going downhill fast" and the US dentist who killed it probably "did his pride a favour".

New Zealand to create giant ocean sanctuary

The Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary will be located to the north-east of New Zealand.

Cecile Lefort   Waters north of New Zealand are set to become one of the world's largest ocean sanctuaries, with a full ban on fishing and mining.

Hamilton Zoo tiger Oz who killed keeper will be spared

Sumatran tiger Oz will not be killed following his attack on Hamilton Zoo keeper on Sunday.

Hamilton Zoo's Sumatran tiger Oz will not be euthanised following the death of zoo curator Samantha Kudeweh on Sunday, the zoo has confirmed.

Calls to save killer tiger at New Zealand zoo

Hamilton Zoo curator Samantha Kudeweh has been fondly remembered by colleagues after a fatal attack by a tiger at the zoo.

Thousands of people are calling for the life of a Sumatran tiger to be spared, following the death of a zookeeper in New Zealand.

Tiger kills keeper at Hamilton Zoo

Tigers in their enclosure at Hamilton Zoo this week.

Mike Mather   A woman has been killed by a tiger at Hamilton Zoo in New Zealand this morning.

Environmental philanthropist Rob Purves warns that green groups under attack

Rob Purves.

Anne Davies   An unlikely environmentalist leads the counter-attack to the federal government's war on green groups, writes Anne Davies.

Meet an 'environmental vigilante'

Millionaire businessman Rob Purves has put huge resources into the environmental movement.

Anne Davies   The battleground between environmentalists and the governments has changed: it's now called "lawfare".

Australia brings in big gun for whaling fight

Australian diplomat Peter Woolcott has a whaling fight ahead of him.

Andrew Darby   He's one of Australia's most deeply experienced, best credentialled diplomats – and he has just weeks to try to persuade Japan not go to whaling in the Antarctic again.

Sound check on rainforest health

A lesser bird of paradise displays in the PNG rainforest.

Andrew Darby   Australian scientists are developing a tool to discover the wealth of natural life hidden in the depths of a tropical rainforest, by "soundscaping".

$400,000 spent fighting danger listing for reef

Environment Minister Greg Hunt will deliver the keynote address at the Future of Energy Summit in Shanghai on Tuesday.

Nicole Hasham   The federal government spent more than $400,000 sending Environment Minister Greg Hunt and senior public servants on a flurry of overseas lobbying trips to avoid an embarrassing "in danger" listing for the Great Barrier Reef.