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VIDEO: RSPCA seeks ban on monkeys as pets

29th August 2014
The RSPCA is calling for a ban on keeping primates as pets after a rise in the number of calls to its cruelty and advice line concerning animals such as monkeys and marmosets.

VIDEO: 100-year-old tortoise is on the move

29th August 2014
An extremely rare Galapagos tortoise thought to be 100 years old has been given a new home at a zoo in Ohio.

Rare antelope births 'fantastic'

28th August 2014
The birth of a pair of rare bongo antelopes in captivity is "fantastic news" for the "critically endangered" species, say conservationists.

Memories 'flipped' from bad to good

27th August 2014
Neuroscientists artificially turn a mouse's fearful memory into a positive one, and vice versa.

Woman finds 3ft wasp nest on bed

27th August 2014
A pest controller takes on the "biggest job of his career" when he is called to deal with a nest of more than 5,000 wasps.

A sheepdog's 'two rules' for success

27th August 2014
Scientists produce a simple mathematical model that explains how a single sheepdog can herd a large number of sheep.

Badger cull targets are announced

26th August 2014
A target number of badgers to be killed in this year's pilot cull to tackle tuberculosis in cattle is announced.

VIDEO: Rare duck needs new home

26th August 2014
The world's rarest bird is facing extinction unless it finds a new home, say conservationists

VIDEO: Aurora Australis filmed from space

26th August 2014
The European Space Agency releases time-lapse footage of the Aurora Australis, or southern lights, filmed from the International Space Station.

World's rarest bird needs new home

26th August 2014
The last remaining population of the world's rarest bird, the Madagascar pochard, needs a new wetland home if it is to thrive again, a study reveals.

'Antarctic audit' for marine life

24th August 2014
New Antarctic atlas catalogues 9,000-plus species

VIDEO: Gibraltar banishes troublesome monkeys

22nd August 2014
Gibraltar is planning to banish some of its Barbary macaque population which have become too cheeky or aggressive

Rare species found in marine study

22nd August 2014
Divers discover rare species of marine life such as stalked jellyfish and squat lobsters in a study of Somerset's Porlock Bay.

Stench of decay turns coral away

22nd August 2014
Baby coral and fish can smell the difference between good and bad reefs, say marine ecologists.

VIDEO: Female anaconda has 'virgin birth'

21st August 2014
The arrival of three baby anacondas at West Midland Safari Park is heralded as a 'miraculous virgin birth' by staff.

Fence to stem human-elephant conflict

21st August 2014
How can trees prevent human-elephant conflict?

Earliest evidence of snail-eating

21st August 2014
Palaeolithic humans in Spain began eating snails 10,000 years earlier than their Mediterranean neighbours, a study reveals.

Osprey pair nest at nature reserve

21st August 2014
A pair of rare ospreys nest at a nature reserve in Cumbria for the first time, conservationists confirm.

Seals 'brought TB to the Americas'

21st August 2014
Marine mammals brought tuberculosis to the Americas before the Europeans arrived, a study suggests.

Spiders 'do better' in cities

20th August 2014
Female orb-weaving spiders grow larger and have an increased ability to reproduce when living in urban areas, a new study shows.