Dehorning is controversial, especially as it makes male rhinos vulnerable in fights. But they are not essential for survival, and, like fingernails, they grow back.
The grand animals are killed for their horns, used as carving material and in traditional Chinese medicine. Groundbreaking work to keep alive the northern white rhino subspecies by in-vitro fertilization has been stalled by travel restrictions.
The leopard cat is a small wild cat which owes its name to the spotted coat it shares with its much bigger cousin. Found in southeast Asia, Nepal and China, it feeds mostly on small rodents and is roughly the size of the domestic cat.
The deaths of Kenya's only female white giraffe and her calf leave just one remaining white giraffe alive – a lone male, borne by the same slaughtered female, the conservancy said.
Around a hundred blazes pockmark New South Wales and Queensland countryside, with around 17 of them remaining dangerous and uncontained.
Five small ships sailed out of the harbour on Monday in Japan's first commercial whale hunt in more than three decades, a move that has aroused global condemnation and fears for the fate of whales.
"Greek authorities should be stepping up and stopping donkeys from being marched into the ground in Santorini, not covering up the cruelty of forcing them to carry heavy loads of tourists up hundreds of steps," PETA director says.
Researchers have built a database with over 120,000 images and 10,000 video clips of giant pandas that would allow them to correctly identify individual animals.
Russia's northeastern Novaya Zemlya archipelago has appealed for help to tackle "a mass invasion of polar bears into inhabited areas."
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