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Hundreds of endangered wild snow leopards are killed each year

Cattle herders kill even more leopards than poachers, in revenge for livestock attacks. So helping them protect their animals could save the rare mountain cats  

Fri 21 Oct 16 from Newscientist

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Soaring species: Endangered baby toads fly to Puerto Rico

More than 4,000 wiggling tadpoles conceived via wine fridges in California and then packed in a passenger plane headed to Puerto Rico on Thursday as part of a program to re-establish a technicolor ...

Thu 20 Oct 16 from

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Ape’s fig challenge wins photo award

An orangutan pictured climbing high into a tree to reach some figs has taken the top honour in the 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

Tue 18 Oct 16 from BBC News

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Population analysis suggests Grauer's gorilla is Critically Endangered

Grauer's gorilla, which is confined to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, is now Critically Endangered, according to a study published October 19, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ...

Wed 19 Oct 16 from

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Life on the edge is dangerous

Intensive farming, sprawling towns, a dense road network – the modern world leaves less and less space for animals and plants. They are forced back into shrinking refuges, which are ever further ...

Thu 20 Oct 16 from

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Chain-Smoking Chimp Fires Up Crowds in North Korea

A 19-year-old zoo chimp named Azalea has a pack-a-day habit, but officials say she doesn't inhale.

Thu 20 Oct 16 from Discovery News

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[Editorial] A short presidential reading list

A new U.S. president will be sworn into office in less than 3 months. Because scientific issues cut across many aspects of modern life, in both the public and private sectors, the president ...

Thu 20 Oct 16 from Science Now

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Craze for hornbill 'ivory' pushes Borneo icon to the brink

A striking bird with monochrome plumage and a formidable "beak", the helmeted hornbill is being hunted to extinction, one of the latest victims of a thriving global trade in exotic wildlife.

Mon 17 Oct 16 from

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Plants actively direct their seeds via wind or water towards suitable sites

Plants cannot move to find new places to live in, but they can actively direct their seeds to new suitable places for plant development. This 'directed dispersal' had previously been shown only ...

Fri 14 Oct 16 from

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Kurinji flowers under threat from climate change

The plant that blooms in synchronicity with other members of its species, known as masting or mass seeding, used to carpet the upper slopes of The Nilgiris and other parts of the Western Ghats. ...

Tue 18 Oct 16 from The Hindu

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