BEIJING, Feb.27, Chinadaily - Chinese authorities on Thursday announced a one-year ban on imports of African ivory carvings acquired after the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) took effect in 1975.

In a brief statement on its website, the State Forestry Administration said it would halt administrative approval for the imports until Feb 26, 2016.

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BEIJING, Feb.18, - A photo exhibition from the winners of 2014 British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) and a selection of China's wildlife images opened at Beijing's Natural History Museum today, in advance of the visit of His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge to China.

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Beijing's Natural History Museum [File photo]

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BEIJING, Feb.17 – Zhao Shucong, administrator of State Forestry Administration of China went to National Forest Fire Prevention Command Center to inspect and supervise the forest fire prevention work during the Spring Festival.

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Zhao Shucong (R3) inspects and supervises National Forest Fire Prevention Command Center for the forest fire prevention work during the Spring Festival.

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CANBERRA, Feb. 13,Xinhua -- Illegal poachers of dugongs and turtles in northern Australia now face fines up to 750,000 U.S. dollars as the federal government shores up its protection of endangered species.

New laws were passed by the Senate late Thursday night to increase the fines for hunting in Commonwealth waters.

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YUNNAN,Feb.12,Xinhua - The ostrich or common ostrich (Struthio camelus) is either one or two species of large flightless birds native to Africa, the only living member(s) of the genus Struthio, which is in the ratite family.

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Photo shows several ostrich chicks at Yunan Wild Animal Park in China's southwest Yunnan province. (Source:

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