Some scientists suspect wild animals sold in a market were the source of the coronavirus pandemic, that has killed more than 48,000 lives worldwide so far, while others argue it was in circulation elsewhere in Wuhan even earlier.
With the hunting season suspended in several European countries, this promises to be a spring and possibly a summer of love for the animal kingdom.
Many academics, environmentalists and residents in China have joined international conservation groups in calling for a permanent ban. Online debate within China has also heavily favoured a permanent ban.
China's markets, where wild and often poached animals are packed together, have been described as a breeding ground for disease and an incubator for a multitude of viruses to evolve and jump the species barrier to humans.
Covering 109 countries, Interpol's Operation Thunderball seized some 23 primates, 30 big cats, more than 4,300 birds, nearly 1,500 live reptiles and close to 10,000 turtles and tortoises.
The plan has sparked a debate with wildlife groups criticising the decision over fears that the mass killing of Australia's national animal could rapidly reduce their numbers.
Khan was convicted of shooting two rare blackbuck deer in a western India wildlife preserve in 1998.
Bangladesh more than doubles the size of the wildlife reserve in the world's largest mangrove forest in an attempt to protect the endangered big cats.
The floods in India's Assam state have killed at least 28 people and are also threatening its wildlife, including the one-horned rhinoceros.
Customs officials seized tusks weighing in at 7,200 kg which probably came from 720 elephants that had been poached. The tusks were hidden underneath frozen fish shipped in a container from Malaysia.
Nepal's rapid progress in combating the poachers who kill the animals for their prized horns has drawn praise from conservation groups and activists.
Scientists say re-introducing keystone species back to the wild could cause a cascade that would change landscapes.
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