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Female chimpanzees are more "negative" when communicating with other females, research finds.
The latest forensic science is being harnessed in a bid to combat the international crime gangs killing and smuggling endangered species.
A walrus turns up on a small Scottish island in what has been described as a "once-in-a-lifetime" event.
Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra says she will amend her country's laws to ban the legal trade in ivory.
Delegates from 178 countries face critical decisions as they meet to review the convention on international trade in endangered species (CITES).
The most accurate assessment to date of the impact of commercial fishing on sharks suggests around 100 million a year are being killed.
An isolated population of Arabian Sea humpback whales may be less sophisticated "singers" than humpbacks elsewhere.
Rescued birds washed up on the south coast covered in an oil additive are set to be released in Dorset.
Clownfish boost oxygen flow around their anemone hosts at night, scientists find.
Badger culls are set to go ahead later this year after final licence conditions were met, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson announces.
Plans to flood fields near Exeter to create a new habitat for wading birds are criticised by people living in the area.
Six rare parrots which have been bred in Cornwall are to be flown to a new life in the wild in Bolivia.
An ancient spiral-toothed fish has been reconstructed from fossil evidence by scientists.
The Environment Agency reports a 60% reduction in a weed which was threatening to "choke" the River Nene in Northamptonshire.
Conservationists say there is only one breeding pair of Hen Harriers left in England and claim numbers have dwindled over the last decade partly because of illegal killing
Chimpanzees enjoy trying to solve brainteasers, say researchers at Bedfordshire's Whipsnade Zoo.
Three seal pups named after X Factor judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger and Cheryl Cole are released back in to the wild.
For the first time, documentary makers film vampire bats preying on Humboldt penguin chicks.
Chemicals may be linked to a decrease in males otters' penis bone weight, scientists say.
Bumblebees can detect and distinguish electrical signals given by flowers to enhance discrimination and memory of floral rewards, a study suggests.