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Cute or creepy: Why humans love some species, loathe others

One of the biggest factors is 'cuteness': physical characteristics that elicit our parental instincts because they remind us of human infants, an emeritus professor says.

KL Butterfly Park: A rainforest habitat for nature’s most colourful

A rainforest habitat with a maze of footpaths winding through lush vegetation, bridges over koi ponds, waterfalls, gazebos and turtle ponds.

Kid you not: Goats can read your face

Goats can distinguish smiling human faces from frowning ones on photos, and actively seek out snapshots of happier individuals, a study said Wednesday.

Saga of early humans etched in DNA of mixed-species child

Denny was an inter-species love child.

Conservationists fight to save animals as mass extinction looms

Conservationists have had to do everything in their power to prevent animal species from going extinct.

People are pillaging the world’s protected areas, study says

Construction, development, and urbanisation have threatened the protected status of nature preserves.

Lake Victoria biodiversity being ‘decimated’, conservationists say

Seventy-six percent of freshwater species endemic to East Africa's Lake Victoria basin face the threat of extinction.

Hermit crab, shiny-eyed shrimp discovered on Java expedition

The area covered by the expedition included a long stretch of the Indian Ocean off Java's southern coast, as well as the Sunda Strait.

Nearly extinct Javan green magpies thrive at Prague zoo

Prague zoo said Tuesday that its small flock of critically endangered Javan green magpies was growing, thanks in part to a special new feeding technique using a puppet.

New frog species found in Venezuela and Colombia

The Hyloscirtus japreria lives in the mountains of Venezuela and Colombia at altitudes above 1,000 metres.

Quackery and superstition: species pay the cost

Due to beliefs that certain animal body parts have medicinal value, these animals are being pushed closer to extinction.

IPBES: Keeping its finger on the pulse of biodiversity

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which published a major assessment on the health of the world's species Friday, is an independent body created by more than 100 countries in 2012.

Bird populations in rural France ‘collapsing’

Bird populations across an eerily quiet French countryside have collapsed, on average, by a third over the last decade-and-a-half, alarmed researchers reported on Tuesday.

The IPBES: the world’s guardian of biodiversity

Ever since its creation in 2012, the IPBES has been at the forefront of protection of global biodiversity.

Global biodiversity ‘crisis’ to be assessed at major summit

Starting Saturday, a comprehensive, global appraisal of the damage, and what can be done to reverse it, will be conducted in Colombia.

REPORT: Warming could threaten half of species in 33 key areas

WWF conservation group says global biodiversity will suffer terribly over the next century unless" we do everything we can."

Beetles face extinction due to loss of old trees

Nearly a fifth of Europe's wood beetle species face extinction because the old, decaying trees they depend on have been cleared from forests, scientists warned Monday.

Shipments of protected African species to Asia soar

Shipments of protected African species including tortoises, pythons and parrots to Asia have soared since 2006 as demand grows in the Far East for exotic pets, meats and other animal products, a new study warned Tuesday.

Official: We’ll prevent tourists seeing killing of manta rays

Semporna tourism council wants urgent meeting with all stakeholders to ensure any killing of rays and sharks is done away from tourists.

Vampire bat’s blood-only diet ‘a big evolutionary win’

"Vampire bats have an 'extreme' diet, in the sense that it requires many adaptations in the organism."

‘Horror show’ for foreign divers on Sabah’s Mabul Island

A shark protection association official says foreigners pay up to RM4,000 for a diving trip to see creatures such as manta rays underwater but today they saw fishermen slaughter them onshore.

Albania losing its eagle to rampant poaching

Eagles are heading down the road to extinction in Albania - a sobering fact, considering that the eagle is the country's national symbol.

Iman the rhino: Still ill, but some medical problems resolved

Malaysia’s last female Sumatran rhino still bleeds from her uterus but is taking a lot of water and supplements, says official.

Malaysia’s last 4 rhinos ‘alive’ — in cell cultures

The four cultures include those from Puntung, the female Sumatran rhino euthanised in June in Sabah.