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    PETA moves court seeking ban on elephant 'joy rides' at Jaipur's Amer Fort

    PETA moves court seeking ban on elephant 'joy rides' at Jaipur's Amer Fort


    People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has filed a petition before the Rajasthan high court seeking an end to the elephant joy rides at the iconic Amer Fort and Hathi Gaon (Elephant village) in Jaipur. Elephant rides are a major attraction...

    People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has filed a petition before the Rajasthan high court seeking an end to the elephant joy rides at the iconic Amer Fort and Hathi Gaon (Elephant village) in Jaipur. Elephant rides are a major attraction at Amer Fort.
    Professor Fiona? Famous baby hippo an educational force

    Professor Fiona? Famous baby hippo an educational force


    The Cincinnati Zoo's famous premature baby hippo does more than delight social media fans and help sell a wide range of merchandise. She's also an educational and literary force, heroine of a half-dozen books so far and a popular subject for library and...

    The Cincinnati Zoo's famous premature baby hippo does more than delight social media fans and help sell a wide range of merchandise. She's also an educational and literary force, heroine of a half-dozen books so far and a popular subject for library and classroom activities.
    Great Wall, Agra top picks among 7 World Wonders for desi travellers

    Great Wall, Agra top picks among 7 World Wonders for desi travellers


    According to data from Paytm, the air ticket prices on the India-Beijing sector averaged at Rs 19,459 between January and June 15 this year, boosting outbound travel from the country to the Northern...

    According to data from Paytm, the air ticket prices on the India-Beijing sector averaged at Rs 19,459 between January and June 15 this year, boosting outbound travel from the country to the Northern neighbour.
    UNESCO removes Belize reef from endangered World Heritage list

    UNESCO removes Belize reef from endangered World Heritage list


    The Mesoamerican reef - the second largest in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia - is an underwater playground for hundreds of varieties of tropical fish, sea turtles, manta rays, sharks and many more...

    The Mesoamerican reef - the second largest in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia - is an underwater playground for hundreds of varieties of tropical fish, sea turtles, manta rays, sharks and many more species.
    First beluga whale sanctuary in Iceland to welcome new arrivals next year

    First beluga whale sanctuary in Iceland to welcome new arrivals next year


    Little Grey and Little White will make the more than 6,000 mile trip by land, air and sea next spring to Heimaey island off southern Iceland in a move environmental campaigners hope will allow more captive whales to be reintroduced to their natural...

    Little Grey and Little White will make the more than 6,000 mile trip by land, air and sea next spring to Heimaey island off southern Iceland in a move environmental campaigners hope will allow more captive whales to be reintroduced to their natural habitats.
    Environment minister releases manual on zoos

    Environment minister releases manual on zoos


    Union environment minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday released a manual containing guidelines to be followed while setting up zoos in the country, and asked the authorities concerned to develop courses on zoo...

    Union environment minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday released a manual containing guidelines to be followed while setting up zoos in the country, and asked the authorities concerned to develop courses on zoo management.
    Giant panda may be pregnant at Washington zoo

    Giant panda may be pregnant at Washington zoo


    Mei Xiang, who was artificially inseminated on March 1, is showing the signs a giant panda would show if she were pregnant, but those signs are also identical with the hormonal and behavioral changes of a false pregnancy, a zoo spokeswoman said on...

    Mei Xiang, who was artificially inseminated on March 1, is showing the signs a giant panda would show if she were pregnant, but those signs are also identical with the hormonal and behavioral changes of a false pregnancy, a zoo spokeswoman said on Monday.
    Soon, advanced technology to deal with air pollution

    Soon, advanced technology to deal with air pollution


    "An expert group will be constituted, which will provide its recommendation in a month's time on early warning system, including dissemination protocol and application of satellite-based measurement for improving air quality information and management,"...

    "An expert group will be constituted, which will provide its recommendation in a month's time on early warning system, including dissemination protocol and application of satellite-based measurement for improving air quality information and management," the ministry said in a statement.
    Two giant Aldabra tortoises gifted to Nehru Zoological park

    Two giant Aldabra tortoises gifted to Nehru Zoological park


    "A pair of giant Aldabra tortoises (male and female) which is endemic to Seychelles, both aged about 20 years, was received from Raymond A Brioche, Chief Executive Officer Botanical Garden, Seychelles, by the officials of the Nehru Zoological Park," an...

    "A pair of giant Aldabra tortoises (male and female) which is endemic to Seychelles, both aged about 20 years, was received from Raymond A Brioche, Chief Executive Officer Botanical Garden, Seychelles, by the officials of the Nehru Zoological Park," an official release said.
    Australian feral cats kill a million reptiles a day: Study

    Australian feral cats kill a million reptiles a day: Study


    Cats have wiped out entire populations of some animals in Australia since being introduced by Europeans settlers two centuries ago, with efforts to cull or sterilise them so far failing to slow their...

    Cats have wiped out entire populations of some animals in Australia since being introduced by Europeans settlers two centuries ago, with efforts to cull or sterilise them so far failing to slow their march.
    Kanha tiger settled in Odisha forest

    Kanha tiger settled in Odisha forest


    With the male Royal Bengal Tiger from Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh settling well in Odisha's Satkosia, chief minister Naveen Patnaik today said "history has been created" in tiger conservation and revival efforts in...

    With the male Royal Bengal Tiger from Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh settling well in Odisha's Satkosia, chief minister Naveen Patnaik today said "history has been created" in tiger conservation and revival efforts in India.
    22k-yr-old fossil from China reveals long-lost panda lineage

    22k-yr-old fossil from China reveals long-lost panda lineage


    The report, published in the journal Current Biology, shows that the ancient panda found in Cizhutuo Cave in the Guangxi Province of China separated from present-day pandas 144,000 to 227,000 years ago, suggesting that it belonged to a distinct group not...

    The report, published in the journal Current Biology, shows that the ancient panda found in Cizhutuo Cave in the Guangxi Province of China separated from present-day pandas 144,000 to 227,000 years ago, suggesting that it belonged to a distinct group not found today.
    World's oldest Sumatran orangutan dies aged 62

    World's oldest Sumatran orangutan dies aged 62


    The world's oldest Sumatran orangutan, which had 11 children and 54 descendants spread across the globe, has died aged 62, Australian zoo officials said Tuesday. Puan, Indonesian for "lady", died on Monday at Perth Zoo, where she had lived since being...

    The world's oldest Sumatran orangutan, which had 11 children and 54 descendants spread across the globe, has died aged 62, Australian zoo officials said Tuesday. Puan, Indonesian for "lady", died on Monday at Perth Zoo, where she had lived since being gifted by Malaysia in 1968.
    Indian plant seed could bring clean water to millions

    Indian plant seed could bring clean water to millions


    The plant commonly known as the drumstick tree is cultivated for food and natural oils, and the seeds are already used for a type of rudimentary water purification. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in the US used sand and plant materials to...

    The plant commonly known as the drumstick tree is cultivated for food and natural oils, and the seeds are already used for a type of rudimentary water purification. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in the US used sand and plant materials to create a cheap and effective water filtration medium, termed "f-sand."
    How dry riverbeds contribute to climate change

    How dry riverbeds contribute to climate change


    "There is a substantial amount of plant litter that accumulates in dry riverbeds and when they flow again this material can break down rapidly. We've now estimated the potential short-term CO2 emissions during these rewetting events," said Nathan Waltham...

    "There is a substantial amount of plant litter that accumulates in dry riverbeds and when they flow again this material can break down rapidly. We've now estimated the potential short-term CO2 emissions during these rewetting events," said Nathan Waltham from James Cook University in Australia.