Asia

Cathay Pacific bans shipments of shark fin amid pressure from conservation groups

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific, and its sister airline Dragon Air, have announced an immediate ban on the carriage of shark fin on all of their flights.

22 June 2016

Poisonous tropical lionfish could be spreading through Mediterranean

Voracious predator with sting that has been known to kill humans is spotted in waters off Turkey and Cyprus

21 June 2016

Saiga Population Grows After Mysterious Epidemic

It was a silent spring for saiga antelopes last year.  Within a few weeks in May in Kazakhstan, a mysterious illne

20 June 2016

Why North Korea is a safe haven for birds

Photos from inside North Korea reveal how the ecology of the secretive Asian country is preventing the extinction of several once plentiful species of migratory birds.

20 June 2016

Flying for their lives

Every year, millions of shorebirds fly between Australasia and the Arctic. But for many, this will be their last flight

20 June 2016

Eight pilot whales dead in mass stranding in Indonesia

Hundreds of fishermen and officials rescued 24 of the whales after their pod swam ashore in Probolinggo, East Java

The Guardian

16 June 2016

Signs of Hope for Saiga Antelope after Mass Die-off in 2015

In May 2015, a catastrophic and unprecedented mass die-off caused by a bacterial infection wiped out more than 200,000 saiga antelopes within a few weeks. The Betpak-Dala saiga population in central Kazakhstan lost almost 90 per cent of its animals, which is equivalent to over 60 per cent of the global population, leaving the species in a critical situation. A new census data shows an increase of saiga numbers in all three populations within Kazakhstan, the antelope’s main Range State.

15 June 2016