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Record sentence for rhino poacher

In a rare decision a poacher from South Africa has been sentenced to the heaviest penalty available for committing wildlife crimes, after being arrested in the Kruger National Park (KNP) in 2011 for killing three rhino calves.

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news/2010_jan/devon_Beavers Devon's beavers could be heading back to captivity
A petition launched by the Devon Wildlife Trust is the latest chapter in an ongoing debate about the future of the beavers living in the southwest on the River Otter.
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news/2010_jan/wildebeest_migration_serengeti East African Court of Justice rules out construction of Serengeti super highway
High court ruling is heralded as a major victory for wildlife conservation, but threat of increased traffic and pollution in the national park remains.
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news/2010_jan/bee_pesticide The real, devastating risk of neonicotinoids revealed

In the news recently there have been reports about pesticide companies putting pressure on the UK government to overturn an EU ban on the use of the systemic pesticides, neonicotinoids, which have been proven to have toxic effects on bees.

However scientists say they are now able to provide conclusive evidence that neonicotinoids and fipronil not only affect bees and pollinators, but also threaten whole ecosystems.

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news/2010_jan/eastern_sarus_cranes Rare cranes spotted in northern Myanmar
An unusually large group of eastern sarus crane (Grus antigone sharpii) have been spotted in the wetlands surrounding Lake Indawgyi in Kachin State, Myanmar

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world/americas/cougar_draw Cougar subspecies declared extinct
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducted a formal review of the available information and have declared that the Eastern cougar is extinct.
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old_images/b/beaver-swt1 Scottish beaver trial – Beaver disappears after shots heard
After the first week, one adult female disappeared; the time of her disappearance coincided with unauthorized shooting heard in the same area. There has been no sign of the animal since and the matter has been reported to the local police for further investigation.
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world/Africa/charcoal_kiln Congo’s wildlife rangers launch offensive against armed groups trafficking charcoal in gorilla zone of Virunga
The Congolese National Park Authorities have sent the biggest ever deployment of armed rangers to strike at charcoal-making operations run by armed groups deep in the forests of Virunga National Park in Eastern DR Congo.
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