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  • Protecting the World’s Common Oceans

    October 19, 2012

    There is new hope for conservation of the world’s oceans. Governments discussing the Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderbad, India, on Thursday, October 18, 2012 agreed on a way forward to protect oceans and initiated a process to improve conservation standards for marine areas beyond national jurisdiction.

    School of Fish in Fiji
  • More Tigers in American Backyards than in the Wild

    October 18, 2012

    One of the world’s largest populations of tigers exists not in the wild—but in captivity in the United States. With an estimated 5,000 tigers, the U.S. captive tiger population exceeds the approximately 3,200 tigers in the wild. A year after the tragedy in Zanesville, Ohio, continued lax management of the captive tiger population means that thousands of these big cats are still found in backyards, urban apartments, sideshows, truck stops and private breeding facilities.

    Captive Tiger
  • Record Poaching for Rhinos in South Africa

    October 17, 2012

    On October 16, 2012 South African authorities confirmed that a record 455 rhinos have been lost to poaching this year. The number exceeds the 448 rhinos killed for their horns during all of 2011.

    Black Rhino
  • New Protection for Elephant and Gorilla Habitats

    October 11, 2012

    A new designation by the Republic of Congo provides vital habitat to endangered species and preserves nature’s value for surrounding communities.

     

  • Using Chilies to Protect Maize Fields and Elephants

    October 02, 2012

    The maize harvest is a crucial source of food for the Kakwenga family in but erratic rains and raids by elephants make a good harvest problematic. Farmers can’t guard their crops twenty-four hours a day so they have started using chili bombs—a mixture of ingredients which give off a spicy, pungent smell that offends elephants’ sensitive trunks and drives them away from crops.

    Elephant in Zambia
  • An Opportunity for Growth and Prosperity in Indonesia’s Waters

    October 02, 2012

    The Sunda Banda Seacape in eastern Indonesia includes a wide variety of communities and provides critical habitat for many marine species. WWF is working with the Indonesian Government to create a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), which will span thousands of square miles and help protect the ocean environment.

    Reef and island in Indonesia
  • New Hope for Javan Rhinos

    September 27, 2012

    Indonesia is home to the only population of Javan rhinos left on the planet. Only about 40 of these rhinos exist there—making the Javan rhino one of the rarest mammals in the world. Because the Javan rhino population is so small and isolated, WWF and its partners are seeking wide agreement and political endorsement for a new, safe and healthy Javan rhino habitat.

    Javan Rhino
  • African Religious Leaders Join Forces to Help Stop Illegal Wildlife Trade

    September 21, 2012

    On September 21, 2012, WWF and The Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) announced a first-ever partnership with faith leaders from across Africa to unite against the killing of endangered species caused by illegal wildlife trade.

    Faith leaders at ivory burn
  • New Technology to Fight Wildlife Crime

    September 12, 2012

    The use of technologies like unmanned aerial vehicles gives park rangers a vital advantage against dangerously armed poachers.

    Park rangers in Nepal carrying UAVs
  • In Namibia, a Landscape Both Unforgiving and Awe-Inspiring

    September 06, 2012

    The people of Namibia possess a hard-to-grasp reverence for their landscape. No matter how little rain falls on the southern African country, or how strongly an unforgiving sun bakes the earth, or how swirly dust devils get when they whip across dry river beds, Namibians still respect the natural assets that surround them.

    Zebras in Namibia
  • Conserving Kamchatka Salmon through Marine Stewardship Council Certification

    September 04, 2012

    In the pristine Kamchatka Peninsula on the eastern coast of Russia, salmon is the keystone species of coastal ecosystems and human economies. On September 4, 2012 the Ozernaya sockeye salmon fishery in this region was certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). 

    Dead Kamchatka salmon in a fishery
  • WWF Works to Protect Alaska as Oil and Gas Drilling Raises Concerns

    August 30, 2012

    Shell Oil Company has been granted permission by the U.S. government to begin preparatory drilling in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea. Layla Hughes, WWF’s expert on oil and gas development, shares her concerns and what WWF is doing to address them.

    Arctic landscape
  • The Crisis That Is Killing Rhinos

    August 28, 2012

    Rhino poaching crisis in South Africa is at an unprecedented level. A new report details how the fate of South Africa’s rhinos is inextricably linked with market demand in Vietnam—a country that recently saw its own rhino population slip into extinction.

    Black Rhino
  • Responsibly Farmed Seafood: A Taste of Things to Come

    August 20, 2012

    When done responsibly, fish farming—also known as aquaculture—presents a solution to meeting the increasing food demand of a growing global population. Farmed seafood already accounts for more than half of all the fish and shellfish we eat.

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  • More Tigers in Nepal

    August 09, 2012

    Camera traps identify a greater number of tigers in the region.

    Tiger Nepal Camera Trap
  • Communities Find a Voice through Photography

    July 23, 2012

    A new program lets local villagers in Indonesia use photography to capture remarkable scenes of the natural world.

  • WWF Joins U.S. Secretary of State to Help Conservation in the Lower Mekong

    July 19, 2012

    WWF and Secretary of State Clinton partner to help conservation in the Lower Mekong region.

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  • Protecting Snow Leopards in the Face of Climate Change

    July 16, 2012

    For the endangered animals of our planet—like the rare and regal snow leopard—climate change means much more than hotter days and intensified storms. These creatures face the prospect of a significant transformation of the habitats that sustain them.

    Snow Leopard
  • Victory for Mexican Marine Park

    June 19, 2012

    An ocean victory was declared on June 15, 2012 when Mexican President Felipe Calderón announced his decision to cancel the development permit for the Cabo Cortes mega tourist development. This development would have threatened the future of Cabo Pulmo Marine Park and the livelihoods of the local community.

  • Fireflies and Whale Sharks, A Fascinating Web of Life

    May 28, 2012

    Discover the connection between fireflies, whale sharks and mangrove forests through a first person account from WWF’s Catherine Plume.

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