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UK sovereign bases in Cyprus have become illegal bird-trapping hotspots, according to surveys carried out by wildlife charities.
Zebras' bold stripes protect the animals by masking their movements, according to a study.
The bar-tailed godwit, the bird world's long-distance champion, is probably smart enough to cope with any ill winds blown up by climate change, researchers believe.
A South American parrot is reclassified as a species in its own right, which could help save the bird from becoming extinct in the wild.
A mummified dinosaur provides evidence the scaly animals had fleshy head combs, say scientists.
A man-made material able to re-grow parts previously removed could be used to make armour, self-healing paint or tyres, researchers say.
Two otters become so used to people at a Gwynedd village that drivers are warned they risk running them over.
Experts await DNA confirmation that they have found a Geoffroy's bat at a nature reserve near Bath.
Wolves continue to feature on a list of Scottish wildlife that people have concerns about in terms of conservation.
Europe's rarest species of orchid has been rediscovered on an island in the Azores, claim scientists.
The mystery of one of the strangest landscape features on the planet - Mima mounds - is solved, scientists say.
Seals on the north Norfolk coast fared better than first thought after last week's tidal surge, experts say.
Hundreds of seals have been lost on the north Norfolk coast due to the deadly storm surge, say experts.
New research on South and Central American monkeys suggests that size is a key indicator of diet.
Ten whales die and as many as 30 more are stranded after a pod beached off Florida's Everglades National Park.
Harlequin ladybirds escape parasites which attack native species, UK scientists find.
Koalas have a specialised sound-producing organ that has never before been seen in any other land-dwelling mammal, scientists discover.
An eagle snatched a video camera which was recording crocodiles in northwest Australia and captured fascinating footage of its 70 mile (110km) journey across the country's remote landscape.
New attempts to protect a critically endangered New Zealand dolphin have angered campaigners who fear the mammal will soon be extinct.