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Terrawatch: clues of unexpected creatures in the ocean depths | Science

Recently discovered fossil worm burrows reveal that, in the right sediment, life can survive far deeper than imagined Sandstone outcrops in the Karoo Basin, in southern South Africa. Photograph: David Hodgson/University of LeedsBlue Planet II gave us a glimpse of the weird and wonderful life that swims

Leading elephant conservationist shot dead in Tanzania | Environment

Wayne Lotter had received numerous death threats while battling international ivory-trafficking networks • Read more: Wayne Lotter obituary Wayne Lotter, founding member of the PAMS conservation NGO. Photograph: Krissie Clark/PAMS FoundationThe head of an animal conservation NGO who had received numerous death threats has been shot and

Leading ivory trade investigator killed in Kenya | Environment

Esmond Martin, whose groundbreaking investigations contributed to the fight against elephant poaching, died after being stabbed at his home in Nairobi Esmond Martin was one of the world’s leading ivory trade experts whose investigations shone a powerful spotlight on the wildlife markets around the world. Photograph: Courtesy

In pursuit of the tortoise smugglers | News

In February 2016, Richard Lewis, a wildlife conservationist working in Madagascar, was contacted by a veterinary clinic with an unusual request. “Someone went to a vet and said: ‘Can you take a microchip out of a ploughshare?’” Lewis recalled. “So they called us.” The ploughshare tortoise is