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One of the world's seven remaining rare rhinos dies

One of the world's seven remaining northern white rhinos has died in Kenya, bringing the famed African species one step closer to extinction, a wildlife conservancy said.

Suni, a male Northern White Rhinoceros, has died in Kenya. Credit: Reuters

While there are thousands of southern white rhinos still roaming the plains of sub-Saharan Africa, decades of rampant poaching have drastically cut northern white rhino numbers.

Suni, a 34-year-old who was the first northern white rhino to be born in captivity, was found dead by rangers at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, about 250 km (155 miles) north of Nairobi.

The conservancy said Suni was not poached, but the cause of his death was unclear. It added that he was one of the last two breeding males in the world as no northern white rhinos are believed to have survived in the wild.

"Consequently the species now stands at the brink of complete extinction, a sorry testament to the greed of the human race," the conservancy said in a statement.

Beckham joins Duke to back anti-poaching campaign

David Beckham joined the Duke of Cambridge to warn about the "devastating" effects of poaching, as the pair kicked off their new #WhoseSideAreYouOn campaign in London today.

The social media campaign aims to use the power of football to raise awareness of the illegal trade in endangered animals.

The Duke of Cambridge and David Beckham at the launch of the #WhoseSideAreYouOn campaign. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Speaking to the specially invited audience of conservationists the former England captain said:

"We're in a world where our generation, and the younger generation can really, really make a difference and we really need to do it now.

"Are we on side of the criminals? Or are we on the side of the animals? I know what side we're all on and I'm sure you know what side you're all on."

Warning over HS2 wildlife damage

Around 500 wildlife areas could be at risk from the HS2 high speed rail line, conservationists have warned.

The Wildlife Trusts called for a £130m investment to create new green areas over the length of the new line.

An anti-HS2 poster in a the Staffordshire village of Whittington. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Among the areas affected by the new line are 43 ancient woods and nine Wilflife Trust nature reserves.

Wildlife presenter catches suspected burglar on foxcam

Simon King, a presenter of the BBC's Springwatch, accidentally captured a late night snooper on a camera placed in his garden which was meant to film foxes.

Nothing was taken from Mr King's house in Herne Hill, South East London, but police released the image after the man pictured was suspected of being involved in a burglary nearby.

Mr King appealed to anyone who recognised the snooper to contact the police on 020 7232 6142 or email Marie.H.Hamilton@met.pnn.police.uk.

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