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An expedition to the previously unexplored New Hebrides trench in the Pacific has revealed that giant eels and crustaceans teem thousands of metres beneath the waves.
Analysis of last year's pilot badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire has concluded they were ineffective and inhumane, the BBC understands.
An award-winning conservation project to save the Tahiti monarch faces threats from rain, rats and fire ants.
An endangered species of zebra is the first of its kind to be born at Chester Zoo in more than 30 years.
Scientists think they can now explain the astonishing discovery of a graveyard of fossil whales in Chile that accumulated more than five million years ago.
Gamekeepers in Scotland stepping up their campaign to end the ban on the docking of working dogs' tails.
Record numbers of malnourished seabirds are being washed up on beaches following storms, say experts.
An ice age site said to be one of the last known places Neanderthals lived is being studied to assess storm damage.
More than 600 dead seabirds have now been found on Jersey's beaches, wildlife experts confirm.
The world's most threatened primate could be saved from extinction by eco-tourism according to conservationists.
A new global monitoring system has been launched that promises "near real time" information on deforestation around the world.
Chilean officials turn to an unlikely ally - owls - to fight a virus that has already killed 15 people.
The canine brain reacts to voices in the same way that the human brain does - especially when they hear emotionally charged sounds, a study suggests.
A baby loggerhead turtle washed ashore during the recent storms is "extremely fortunate" to be alive, experts say.
Diseases harboured by honeybees are spilling over into wild bumblebees, a study suggests.
Countryside butterfly numbers boosted by warm summer.
Britain's butterflies thrive as a result of last summer's sunshine and warmer temperatures.
The UK's farmland butterflies have flourished thanks to last year's hot summer, according to the charity Butterfly Conservation.
A monkey's brain has been used to control the movements of a sedated monkey, scientists report, raising hope for advances in overcoming paralysis.