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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Among the areas affected by the new line are 43 ancient woods and nine Wilflife Trust nature reserves.
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.
Wildlife photographer David Yarrow has released images from his new book, Encounter.
The self-taught photographer's tome features 87 black and white images of wildlife and people in some of the world's most remote landscapes, along with 25,000 words detailing the environmental and geo-political matters surrounding his subjects.
Yarrow is known for his patience in the field and was recently shortlisted for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award 2013.
Encounter is published this month by Clearview.
Designer Linda Barker is backing an RSPB campaign calling for the creation of a "million homes for nature" in gardens and open spaces amid concerns about struggling UK wildlife.
She spoke to Daybreak Chief Correspondent Richard Gaisford:
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- The state of the UK’s butterflies (2011) concluded that 72% of species had decreased over the previous ten years, including common “garden” butterflies that had declined by 24%.
- The state of the UK’s birds (2012) reported that the UK has lost in the region of 44 million breeding birds since the late 1960s.
- In 2012, Our Vanishing Flora looked at the extinction of plants from counties across the UK in the 20th century, and found widespread losses.
- In 16 counties, one plant species went extinct every other year.
- The state of Britain’s mammals (2011) highlighted the decline of hedgehogs, the ongoing loss of red squirrels and the recovery of otters.
Conservationists are calling for the creation of a "million homes for nature" in gardens and open spaces to in a move to protect UK's struggling wildlife.
The call comes following a report by a coalition of wildlife organisations which found that 60% of species that had been studied had suffered declines in the past few decades.
Garden favourites from starlings to hedgehogs as well as some species of butterfly and ladybird were among those creatures in trouble.
They are all in danger of further declines without work to provide them with better habitats, according to the RSPB, one of the wildlife groups behind the State of Nature report.
The RSPB is encouraging people to take steps such as putting up nest boxes, planting wildflowers or digging ponds in their gardens to help wildlife. The charity hopes the public will create a million new homes for nature under the scheme.
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