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  • China Customs Authority's Wildlife Detector Dog Team is Ready for Action

    September 10, 2013

    Three fully trained Labrador retrievers are set to sniff out illegal wildlife parts and products in China's Yunnan Province.

  • WWF President and CEO Appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking

    September 09, 2013

    WWF President and CEO Carter Roberts was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking.

    Carter testifies before Senate
  • Despite Danger, Cameroonian Ranger Asseme Still Dedicated to Her Calling

    August 21, 2013

    Cameroonian Ranger Sidonie Asseme uses informants to track poachers and works with local law enforcement to apprehend them.

    ranger sidonie asseme
  • Elephant Ivory Disguised as Chocolate

    August 09, 2013

    Custom officials in Macao, China grew suspicious when they saw 15 boxes of unusually heavy chocolate in a set of luggage. After soaking in warm water, the chocolate melted away to reveal 583 elephant tusks.

  • Nepali Ranger Strives for Another Year of Zero Poaching

    August 07, 2013

    Since the beginning of his career, Maharjan has always worked to stop wildlife crime. Today, he organizes anti-poaching surveillance missions using intelligence gathered from a wide network of local informants.

    ranger with rhino calves
  • Obama's Lifeline to Africa's Park Rangers

    July 15, 2013

    There are few jobs more dangerous than those of park rangers protecting wildlife in Africa. President Obama announced major new steps to help stem the illegal wildlife trade.

    Ranger in tall grass
  • Obama Pledges Support to Stop Wildlife Crime in Africa

    July 01, 2013

    President Barack Obama pledged to deliver support to African countries reeling under the onslaught of wildlife crime.

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  • Orphaned Rhino Calf Flourishing in a New Enclosure in India

    June 20, 2013

    A 2-month-old orphaned rhino calf rescued by conservationists in April is thriving in a new enclosure in Manas National Park in India.

    Rhino calf in enclosure
  • Prince Charles Calls for Action to End Wildlife Crime

    May 21, 2013

    Prince Charles, who is also president of WWF-UK, and the U.K. government are prioritizing wildlife crime as an issue at the highest political levels.

    Prince Charles
  • Prison and Hefty Fines for Rhino Horn Traffickers

    May 16, 2013

    As record numbers of rhinos are slaughtered for their horns, there is good news that poachers will be punished for their crimes. In the U.S., two businessmen will now serve time in prison and pay hefty fines for rhino horn trafficking.

    Items, including rhino horn, confiscated from wildlife criminals
  • Poachers Storm 'Village of Elephants'

    May 07, 2013

    Taking advantage of the ongoing political instability in Central African Republic, poachers massacre dozens of elephants.

    Line of elephants walking
  • Global Action to Fight Wildlife Crime

    March 14, 2013

    This month in Bangkok, where 178 nations have convened to discuss global wildlife trade, many of the country delegates are publicly expressing urgency and seriousness of the crisis. As poaching rates for African elephants and rhinos soar to catastrophic heights, member nations of the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) took action.

  • What Governments Must Do to Fight Wildlife Trade

    February 07, 2013

    As governements convene at CITES, they must recognize the impact that escalating wildlife crime has not only on wildlife but also on people, economies and regional security. We can’t afford to turn a blind eye and treat this crisis lightly. Leniency will only allow this dangerous crime to flourish unchecked.

  • Thai Ivory Ban Needed to Help Save Elephants

    January 15, 2013

    WWF has launched a global petition asking Thai Prime Minister to ban all ivory trade in Thailand in order to curb the illegal killing of African elephants. Thailand is the biggest unregulated ivory market in the world and a top driver of poaching and illegal trade.

  • Record Number of Rhinos Killed in South Africa

    January 10, 2013

    Poaching statistics released by the South African government reveal 668 rhinos were slaughtered—a 50% increase over 2011 and a staggering 5000% increase since 2007. Already, an additional five rhinos have been killed since the beginning of this year.

  • Wildlife Crime a Threat to Regional Security

    December 12, 2012

    A new report on the crisis of illegal wildlife trafficking details its unprecedented scale and global implications. Current global efforts to fight illegal wildlife trade are failing because wildlife crime is seen as an environmental problem first and then a criminal issue. At the same time, organized crime syndicates and rebel groups involved with wildlife crimes are increasing. Profits from wildlife trafficking could be used to purchase weapons, finance civil conflicts and underwrite terrorist-related activities.

  • Hope for an End to Wildlife Crime

    November 07, 2012

    Crawford Allan, Regional Director, TRAFFIC North America, has translated his passion for the natural world into a long and fulfilling career. While he has seen the impact of illegal killing of rare species first hand and uncovered illicit wildlife trade in blackmarkets in dozens of countries, he remains hopeful.

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  • 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
  • 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
  • Shark Facts vs. Shark Myths

    Get shark facts and help WWF dispel myths about sharks during Shark Week and beyond. How many of these have you heard?

    porbeagle shark
  • U.S. Ambassador Lives a Day in the Life of an Elephant Ranger

    Far from an embassy or diplomatic meeting room, U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Kristie Kenney spent a day on patrol with wildlife rangers. Inside Kui Buri National Park in southwest Thailand, Ambassador Kenney learned firsthand the challenges rangers face as they work to protect nature.

  • Wildlife Conservation Day

    On Tuesday, December 4, WWF joins the U.S. State Department in its Wildlife Conservation Day. The event highlights the need to conserve and protect endangered species—specifically elephants, rhinos and tigers. Together with the State Department and other conservation orgainzations, we aim to raise awareness about the harmful security, economic and environmental effects of wildlife poaching and trafficking.

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