Gulf Times - conservation
India limits visitors to save Taj Mahal

India limits visitors to save Taj Mahal

India is to restrict the number of daily visitors to the Taj Mahal in an attempt to preserve the iconic 17th-century monument to love, its biggest tourist attraction.

Chinese ban on ivory sales goes into effect

Chinese ban on ivory sales goes into effect

China's complete ban on ivory trade went into effect Sunday, officials said, a major step forward in Beijing's efforts to rein in what was once the world's largest market for illegal ivory.

Thai zoo under fire after poked tiger video goes viral

Thai zoo under fire after poked tiger video goes viral

A Thai zoo has sparked outrage after a video of staff repeatedly prodding a tiger to elicit roars for tourist photos went viral, renewing criticism of the kingdom's notorious animal tourism industry.

Chinese firm turns panda poop into toilet paper

Chinese firm turns panda poop into toilet paper

When life gave one Chinese company giant panda poop, it decided to make paper -- and profits.

Lizard, turtle among more than 100 new species found in Mekong region

Lizard, turtle among more than 100 new species found in Mekong region

A Vietnamese 'crocodile lizard' and a Thai turtle found on sale in a local market are among more than 100 new species discovered in the ecologically diverse but threatened Mekong region last year ...

International call for Japan to halt Antarctic whaling

International call for Japan to halt Antarctic whaling

The European Union and 12 other nations condemned Japan's Antarctic whaling programme Monday, rejecting Tokyo's argument that the annual slaughter is for scientific research.

Kahramaa push for conservation on World Postal Day

Kahramaa push for conservation on World Postal Day

Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) organised a meeting to coincide with World Postal Day where it highlighted the importance of the conservation of environment and its limited resources.

Malaysia seizes 300kg of pangolin scales

Malaysia seizes 300kg of pangolin scales

Malaysian customs officers have seized almost 300 kilograms of pangolin scales being smuggled through the main airport, officials said on Tuesday.

Nepal torches valuable wildlife parts

Nepal torches valuable wildlife parts

Nepal destroyed thousands of valuable animal skins and other parts seized from poachers on a giant bonfire Monday in a symbolic gesture against the illegal wildlife trade.

Saving Pakistan's lost city of Mohenjo Daro

Saving Pakistan's lost city of Mohenjo Daro

The centre of a powerful ancient civilisation, Mohenjo Daro was one of the world's earliest cities -- a Bronze Age metropolis boasting flush toilets and a water and waste system to rival many in modern Pakistan.

Malaysia seizes smuggled tortoises worth $300,000

Malaysia seizes smuggled tortoises worth $300,000

Malaysian customs foiled an attempt to smuggle hundreds of the world's most endangered tortoises into the country from Madagascar, a senior official said Monday.

Massive Hong Kong shark fin seizure as ban flouted

Massive Hong Kong shark fin seizure as ban flouted

Hong Kong authorities have seized more than a tonne of shark fins as activists warn traders are sneaking the sought-after delicacy into the city by mislabelling shipments to get around bans by major transporters.