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  • Innovations (and peanut butter) give black-footed ferrets a boost

    October 18, 2016

    An unlikely combination of peanut butter and drones has given biologists renewed hope for the future of North America’s rarest mammal, the endangered black-footed ferret. Biologists are helping these fascinating animals and their main prey—prairie dogs—fight a deadly plague by dropping vaccine-laced bait into their habitat.

    drone flying and delivering bait
  • Uniting against the illegal ivory trade

    August 11, 2016

    This World Elephant Day, it’s important to celebrate the positive momentum being taken to save this iconic species. Poaching trends in Africa are down from the peak of 2011, and governments, NGOs and individuals around the globe have made significant strides in 2016 to fight the ivory trade that fuels poaching.

    Two male African elephants (Loxodonta africana) with locked trunks. Kenya.
  • A symbol of hope: US designates bison as the national mammal

    April 27, 2016

    The bison—a resilient and iconic species roaming our Northern Great Plains—now serves as the national mammal of the United States, celebrating a species once on the brink of extinction.

    bison charging
  • Photographing the most elusive animals of Namibia

    February 11, 2016

    Researcher Lise Hansen and photographer Will Burrard-Lucas worked together to document the great diversity of wildlife present in this part of Namibia—even the shy and rarely seen animals. 

    Will Burrard-Lucas Camera Traps Elephants
  • Ranchers of the Northern Great Plains provide a safe haven for grassland birds

    January 28, 2016

    WWF’s Northern Great Plains program has begun to look more closely at the role that grassland songbirds play on ranchland throughout the region.

    pippit to kid
  • 8 surprising prairie dog facts

    January 05, 2016

    Prairie dogs tend to be celebrated for their larger ecological virtues. In the grasslands across the central and western United States, their intricate underground colonies—called prairie dog towns—create shelter for jackrabbits, toads, and rattlesnakes. These small, chubby-looking mammals are also fascinating in their own right. Check out these facts for a glimpse into their strange, surprisingly complex world.

    prairie dogs eating
  • Prairie Dogs, Black-Footed Ferrets, and a Pilot-less Plane

    September 02, 2015

    WWF and partners used a drone to map and evaluate habitat for endangered black-footed ferrets. Only about 300 of the slender, masked carnivores are left in the wild today. Scientists must monitor prairie dog colonies to determine current and potential new habitat for black-footed ferrets.

    launching drone
  • Fort Peck Tribes Leaders Restore Bison on Reservation

    December 23, 2014

    One hundred and thirty-six wild Yellowstone bison—free of cattle genes—reclaimed their historic home in the Northern Great Plains when released into the Fort Peck Indian Reservation’s cultural buffalo reserve.

    bison group
  • How bison survive winter in the Northern Great Plains

    December 18, 2014

    Despite roaming vast distances in the Northern Great Plains, bison do not move south as the weather grows cold and inhospitable, though they may move to lower elevations where snow is not so deep. Temperatures plummet well below zero, bitter winds whip across the landscape, and bison still remain.

    bison covered in snow
  • Meet the Bison: Facts About America's Iconic Species

    July 01, 2014

    Bison are the largest native grazers of America’s Northern Great Plains. Take a look at why bison are unique to our landscape and what WWF is doing to help.

    big bison sitting
  • Black-Footed Ferret Facts: The Masked Bandits of the Northern Great Plains

    May 12, 2014

    Once found throughout the Great Plains, the black-footed ferret is one of North America’s most endangered animals. WWF is helping to reach this goal by restoring and protecting ferrets and their prairie dog habitat in seven locations in the region.

    bff out of tunnel
  • Congress Takes Major Step Toward Protecting Grasslands

    February 04, 2014

    The US Congress took major steps to protect one of the last four intact grasslands in world. By passing the 2014 Farm Bill, Congress is ensuring your tax dollars do not incentivize the plow-up and drainage of native grasslands and wetlands.

  • 5 Reasons the Farm Bill Matters to Conservation

    November 07, 2013

    Right now, members of Congress are working out the final details of the 2013 Farm Bill, and the stakes for conservation are huge.

    greener grasslands
  • Saving the Grasslands of the Northern Great Plains

    June 05, 2013

    In the Northern Great Plains, land is a hot commodity. The widespread conversion of prairie to cropland has profound effects on the natural environment and human communities of the region.

    Grasslands NGP
  • Saving the Northern Great Plains

    November 16, 2012

    The communities and wildlife of the Northern Great Plains have not suffered the fate of the Dust Bowl on the Southern Plains. But threats loom—runaway oil and gas development, a changing climate, and agriculture policies that incentivize conversion of grasslands and wetlands to crops, regardless of expectations for crop success.

  • Bringing Bison Back

    March 14, 2012

    In March 2012, 71 new bison calves were released on the American Prairie Reserve (APR)—a WWF partner in the Northern Montana Prairie. The young calves are descendents of the last bison that called this area home more than 100 years ago.

  • Releasing black-footed ferrets into the wild

    In 2015, WWF marked its third consecutive year of black-footed ferret reintroductions on the Fort Belknap Reservation in northern Montana. WWF and partners also documented both first and second generation kits— young ferrets—born to individuals released in 2013 and 2014.

    black footed ferret released
  • Help save the American bison

    WWF Global Ambassador Jared Leto asks supporters to tell the National Park Service you support Fort Peck as the preferred alternative location for surplus bison in Yellostone National Park. 

    bison in sunset

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