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  • Jul 14, 2014
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Fatwa issued against hunting of endangered wildlife in Indonesia

Indonesia’s top Islamic clerical body has issued a religious fatwa against the illegal hunting and trade in endangered animals in the country, which the conservation group the WWF hailed as the world’s first.

Thursday, 6 March, 2014, 12:49pm

Doomed deer freed to feed China’s elusive tigers

High in the mountains of northeastern China, conservationists looking to preserve the endangered Amur tiger – the world’s largest living feline – are releasing deer into the area for the big cats to kill and eat.

16 Sep 2013 - 4:54pm

Save elephants from Chinese ivory trade or we lose them, says researcher

More than 7 per cent of the world's elephants were killed for their tusks in the space of a year - the "worst in history", according to one researcher. And with over 40 per cent of the ivory haul bound for China, the biggest market for tusks, Joyce Poole, co-director of conservation group Elephant Voices, is urging Beijing to step in and ban the trade.

17 Jun 2013 - 7:13am 9 comments

Ivory keys on replica piano hit sour note with conservationists

It is undeniably impressive with its intricate woodcarving, abundant gold leaf and stunning miniature paintings in the style of Watteau, but should a grand piano produced in 2013 have real ivory-topped keys?

9 Jun 2013 - 9:19am

Caterpillar plague empties Guangzhou park

Local residents and experts say the managers of the state-run park have a case to answer after they recently allowed a commercial event to take place at which thousands of butterflies were set free in the reserve between April 29 and May 12.

2 Jun 2013 - 12:40pm 2 comments

Ocean Park urged to disclose dolphin deaths after 'attempted suicide' video

Ocean Park moved earlier this week to dispel rumours that one of its dolphins had “attempted suicide” at the park's Marine Mammal Breeding and Research Centre, insisting that it was just normal behaviour.

30 May 2013 - 1:47pm 5 comments

Vietnam fires foe of moon-bear sanctuary

A Vietnamese official who campaigned to shut down a moon-bear sanctuary run by Hong Kong charity Animals Asia has been fired after an investigation ordered by his country's prime minister.

26 May 2013 - 6:40am 1 comment

Rare turtles sent to Hong Kong

Weighing just 150 grams each, the tiny “passengers” made little impression on the scales as they nestled into their specially built crate emblazoned with the words “This Side Up”, and “Live Reptile”.

13 May 2013 - 9:35am

Hong Kong must act to save pink dolphins, conservationists say

WWF Hong Kong called for an interdepartmental task force to be set up to find ways to save the dolphin population and for steps to be taken to halt reclamation projects they fear could push the mammals to the brink of extinction in Hong Kong waters.

12 May 2013 - 5:50am 3 comments

Letters to the Editor, May 11, 2013

Struggle gives learning a surprise boost

Universities should aim at whole-person education. With the change to a four-year curriculum, first-year undergraduates can take a large variety of subjects once they enter university, widening their horizons and learning to appreciate interdisciplinary studies.

11 May 2013 - 2:35am 1 comment