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A Kenyan ranger guards poached elephant tusks in preparation for the destruction of 105 tons of ivory and a ton of rhino horn in April. Photo by Mwangi Kirubi via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Ivory trade in China is now banned

China's ivory trade ban is now in effect, making it illegal to sell and buy ivory in the country. China, one of the world's largest markets for both legal and…
A Kenyan ranger guards poached elephant tusks in preparation for the destruction of 105 tons of ivory and a ton of rhino horn in April. Photo by Mwangi Kirubi via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)
A close relative of Geckolepis maculata, Gecklolepis megalepis, a new species of fish-scale gecko, was described earlier this year. Photo courtesy of Frank Glaw

Our 10 most popular conservation stories of 2017

We published more than 1,300 stories in English in 2017. Here are our ten most read articles that were published during the year. 10. Much deeper than we expected': Huge…
A close relative of Geckolepis maculata, Gecklolepis megalepis, a new species of fish-scale gecko, was described earlier this year. Photo courtesy of Frank Glaw
The newly documented frilled giant Pacific octopus. Photo courtesy of David Scheel

‘New’ giant octopus discovered in the Pacific

The world's largest octopus — the giant Pacific octopus — is actually represented by more than one species, according to new research led by an undergraduate student at Alaska Pacific…
The newly documented frilled giant Pacific octopus. Photo courtesy of David Scheel

Top 20 forest stories of 2017

Mongabay published hundreds of stories on forests in 2017. Here are some of our favorites. 1. Rebel road expansion brings deforestation to remote Colombian Amazon With the demobilization of Colombia’s…

Top 10 HAPPY environmental stories of 2017

The past year may have seemed like doom and gloom for the environment, but there was plenty to be thankful for. So once again, we bring you some of the…
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