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Elephants play in the Amboseli game reserve, Kenya, in 2012.

Botswana is re-legalizing hunting elephants because it says they’re causing chaos by killing livestock and fighting with people

Botswana has 130,000 elephants, more than any other country. Its Environment Ministry says the levels need to be controlled to protect humans.
McDonald's commissioned the project to pay homage to its restaurants in Sweden that have beehives on their rooftops.

McDonald’s just opened a tiny restaurant for bees — here’s what it’s like inside

McDonald's commissioned the project to pay homage to its restaurants in Sweden with beehives on their rooftops.

Notre-Dame Cathedral had been crumbling for decades before it caught fire, and funds to restore it were tied down in a uniquely French bureaucratic me...

France has a particular reluctance to involve the state in religious matters and also a complicated bureaucracy with responsibility for Notre-Dame.
These tires were meant to help the coral reefs.

7 times humans attempted to save the planet but actually made things worse

Even with the best of intentions, environmentalists have killed species, harmed ecosystems, and wasted electricity.
Wallace's giant bee is about the size of a human thumb, far larger than the average honey bee.

The world’s largest bee was found in the wild 38 years after its last sighting. It was one of the planet’s top 25 ‘most wanted’...

Wallace's giant bee hadn't been seen alive for nearly four decades. Now, scientists have found and photographed it in Indonesia.
Maria Island is full of wombats.

An Australian national park is asking people to stop taking selfies with wombats and take a pledge to be a ‘respectful traveler’

Anyone who goes to Maria Island will see a sign that reads 'I take this pledge to respect and protect the furred and feathered residents of Maria.'
Turtles crawl to the ocean after being released, as part of conservation efforts, on the beach of Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala, November 4, 2015.

A Swiss philanthropist has donated $1 billion to save the Earth’s wild lands and waters from destruction. Here’s where the money is going....

The Wyss Foundation has already donated more than $66 million as part of its $1 billion pledge to help conserve 30% of the planet's lands and oceans.
Spotted owlets take shelter in a waste pipe in Kapurthala, Punjab, India.

The most gorgeous wildlife photos of 2018 shine a light on nature’s bizarre and wonderful beauty

Wildlife across the globe stunned in 2018. Here are some winners from the London Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest.

A Swiss billionaire is donating $1 billion in an attempt to save the planet’s wild lands and waters from destruction

Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss has pledged $1 billion to help conserve more of the Earth's land and oceans.
You can dive safely with sharks, but remember: look, don't touch.

9 places you can go diving with sharks — and what it looks like

If shows like those on Discovery's Shark Week or National Geographic's SharkFest make you want to see these creatures in the wild, you should get SCUBA-certified. If you are a diver, you can hover underwater with sharks and watch them in their natural environments.