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Roadworks delayed by crayfish find

2nd June 2014
A major roadworks scheme is further delayed because of the discovery of what a wildlife trust calls an "incredible population" of rare native crayfish.

In the elephants' graveyard

2nd June 2014
As demand for ivory rises, rangers in Kenya are finding it increasingly difficult to protect elephants from poachers.

VIDEO: Orangutan dental checks aid conservation

30th May 2014
Researchers at Chester Zoo are checking their orangutans' teeth to aid in the conservation of these endangered animals.

Crickets muted by evolution, twice

29th May 2014
To help them hide from deadly flies, male crickets on two Hawaiian islands have separately evolved an inability to sing, biologists report.

Safari park elephant 'takes selfie'

29th May 2014
An elephant apparently takes a selfie on a visitor's phone after he drops it at a safari park.

Rare dragonflies return after decade

29th May 2014
A project to reintroduce a rare dragonfly to Cheshire has had "a successful start", a wildlife trust says.

VIDEO: Footage shows wasp's zinc drill

29th May 2014
Researchers capture detailed footage of a parasitic wasp that has evolved a zinc-tipped drill bit to bore into fruit and lay its eggs.

Wasp uses zinc-tip drill to lay eggs

29th May 2014
A parasitic wasp has evolved its own zinc-tipped drill bit to bore into fruit in order to lay its eggs, scientists reveal.

Cane toad relative hits Madagascar

29th May 2014
A relative of the cane toad, which has devastated wildlife in Australia, has invaded Madagascar and could cause ecological disaster, scientists warn.

Largest fossilised croc tooth found

28th May 2014
The fossilised tooth of a prehistoric crocodile is recorded as the largest of its kind found in the UK.

AUDIO: Animals 'have platonic friendships'

28th May 2014
Animals with big brains such as elephants, horses, killer whales and some primates have close platonic friendships, according to the New Scientist.

Bats may be moved for development

28th May 2014
Bats and badgers living on the site of a proposed industrial development in Oxfordshire could be rehomed.

Colossal peat bog discovered in Congo

27th May 2014
A huge area of peatland is discovered in a remote part of Congo-Brazzaville, scientists report.

The paintings 'made better with cats'

27th May 2014
Artist Svetlana Petrova speaks ahead of an exhibition of her work featuring famous portraits featuring her big ginger cat Zarathustra.

The strange profusion of portmanteau dog names

26th May 2014
The trend for cross-bred dogs and their funny names.

From pet shop to primate primacy

25th May 2014
How a Leicestershire zoo became one of the most important animal parks in the UK.

Fox and hedgehog share bite to eat

24th May 2014
A fox and a hedgehog are captured on a webcam sharing a meal in the garden of a Suffolk wildlife enthusiast.

Equine artwork helps launch festival

23rd May 2014
A horse becomes a "living artwork" to help launch the annual Spring Fling festival in Dumfries and Galloway this weekend.

Nature inspires flying robot design

23rd May 2014
Engineers and biologists are working together to create the next generation of nature-inspired flying robots.

VIDEO: Nature inspires flying robot design

23rd May 2014
Engineers and biologists are working together to create the next generation of nature-inspired flying robots.