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Prince William is calling for the destruction of all ivory in the royal collection at Buckingham Palace, the Guardian reports. This comes days after he attended the largest conference ever held on the subject of illegal wildlife trade. Credit: Associated Press Primatologist Jane Goodall told The Independent that when she spoke to Prince William and he said that he would "like to see all the ivory owned by Buckingham Palace destroyed." The royal collection at Buckingham Palace contains about 1,200 pieces dating back hundreds of years. It includes furniture such as an ivory throne that belonged to Queen Victoria. Some art enthusiasts oppose the destruction of these artifacts, but...

Fewer than 250 adults may be left in West Africa, and those big cats are confined to less than 1 percent of their historic range. The new study, detailed in the journal PLOS ONE, suggests that without dramatic conservation efforts, three of the four West African lion populations could become extinct in the next five years, with further declines in the one remaining population, study co-author Philipp Henschel, the lion program survey coordinator for Panthera, a global wildcat conservation organization, wrote in an email. [In Photos: The Biggest Lions on Earth] Top 10 Camera Trap Wildlife Photos The majestic lion once roamed throughout West Africa, from Nigeria to Senegal. But as people...

ALICE SPRINGS, Australia - Marle and Digger may be small and cute puppies, but make no mistake, warns their handler Matt Williams: these 18-week-old dingoes are wild animals that would never make suitable pets. The brother and sister pair who live at the Alice Springs Desert Park in central Australia are genetically pure dingoes, meaning they are two of the increasingly rare specimens of the aggressive sub-species of the Grey Wolf. "They are very, very different to a domestic dog," Williams says as he attempts to keep the agile animals under control. "That's the message that we really have to get across because they are often so closely associated with domestic dogs." While many are...

Marijuana and the protection of endangered species are rarely things we mention in the same conversation, never mind the same sentence. However, a growing problem in Nigeria suggests that it might be time to start. Despite mounting scientific evidence to the contrary, marijuana is still classified as a narcotic drug by most world governments. Forbidden to grow this plant or to purchase it from growers legally, those who wish to take advantage of its physical and emotional benefits are forced into the black market. Depending on who you ask, the illegal sale of marijuana generates between $10 and $120 billion in revenue a year. It's no wonder criminals are willing to risk life and limb to...

PARIS - Within 50 years, climate change will probably wipe out the world's most endangered feline, the Iberian lynx, even if the world meets its target for curbing carbon emissions, biologists said on Sunday. The gloomy forecast, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, says that without a dramatic shift in conservative strategy, the charismatic little wildcat seems doomed. The lynx -- Latin name Lynx pardinus -- grows to about a metre (3.25 feet) in length, weighs up to 15 kilos (33 pounds), and is characterised by...

A fisherman saved a whale that was tangled in fishing rope off the coast of Virginia Beach over the weekend, according to WAVY-TV. Capt. Pat Foster and Adrian Colaprete were helping a team of scientists conduct research studies offshore when they spotted a rare northern right whale struggling beneath the surface of the water. The whale was dangerously tangled up in fishing rope, dragging fishing equipment behind it. "Once we realized it was a right whale, we knew we had to do something," Colaprete said, presumably because right whales are among the most endangered whale species in the world. ...