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  • Charting a Path for the Future of Our Oceans

    June 17, 2014

    Today in front of ocean leaders from more than 80 nations at the State Department’s “Our Ocean” conference, President Obama announced he would direct government towards a new national strategy to address black market fishing, an initiative to combat illegally caught fish from reaching US markets and ending up on dinner tables and on store shelves across the country.

    fishing vessel on open water
  • A 10-Year-Old Donates Her Birthday to Wildlife

    June 13, 2014

    While gearing up for her 10th birthday, Madison Michele decided she wanted to use her special day to make the world a better place. She decided to forgo typical birthday gifts and instead ask family and friends for donations to help fund WWF’s work in protecting species and wild places all over the world.

    madison on horse
  • Victory for Virunga

    June 11, 2014

    News that Soco will stop exploring for oil in Africa’s oldest national park, Virunga, is a monumental win for conservation and for the people who depend on the park. Virunga is home to astounding biodiversity and rare wildlife, like critically endangered mountain gorillas.

  • Saving Sharks Will Help Conserve the Great Barrier Reef

    June 10, 2014

    As apex predators, sharks control the delicate balance that exists between earth and one of its most important ecosystems: the ocean. At WWF, we’re leading the fight to save the world’s sharks and preserve the seascapes they call home.

    aerial great barrier reef
  • Discovering Lake Niassa

    June 09, 2014

    A WWF team, in collaboration with scientists from the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, is using underwater cameras as part of a pilot study to establish a baseline of the fish diversity of the Lake Niassa Partial Reserve.

    lake niassa sunset
  • Flying Squirrel, Rainbow Lizard Among 367 New Species Discovered in the Greater Mekong

    June 05, 2014

    The Greater Mekong region is home to a vast variety of wildlife and spectacular natural landscapes. More than 1,300 new species have been cataloged in the region since 1997.

    giant green frog
  • Celebrating Migratory Fish

    May 30, 2014

    In China, rapid development is affecting the Chinese sturgeon, one of the four indicator species WWF is watching as a sign of the Yangtze River’s overall health.

    releasing sturgeon into yangtze
  • US Imposes One of the Longest Sentences to Wildlife Trader

    May 28, 2014

    The United States imposed one of the longest sentences for a wildlife trafficking on Zhifei Li, the ringleader of an illegal wildlife trafficking operation that spanned the US and China, on May 27, 2014.

    two black rhino
  • Zebras make Africa's longest land migration

    May 27, 2014

    In a groundbreaking study, a WWF-led team discovered Africa’s longest land mammal migration. The migration of Plains (or Burchell's) Zebra stretches from Namibia to Botswana—a distance of more than 300 miles roundtrip.

    zebras on dirt
  • New Dam on Mekong River Could Doom Irrawaddy Dolphins

    May 22, 2014

    An estimated 85 critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphins cling to survival in a stretch of the mighty Mekong River between Cambodia and Laos—exactly where Mega First Corporation Berhad is scheduled to begin construction of a massive dam in a few months.

    dolphin swimming
  • Global Freshwater Conservation Gains Momentum Among UN Countries

    May 21, 2014

    Thirty-five member countries of the United Nations have now officially agreed to common guidelines for sharing and managing freshwater resources that cross international borders.

    Greater Mekong Dry Forest Ecosystems
  • Protecting the Amazon for Life

    May 21, 2014

    A model for conservation, the Amazon Region Protected Areas ensures 150 acres—three times the size of all US parks combined—of the Amazon are protected for life.

  • Calling KAZA Home: The Animals of Southern Africa

    May 19, 2014

    The Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) crosses five southern African countries and protects 109 million acres of land. The breadth and variety of wildlife in KAZA is astounding.

    hippo in water
  • Hong Kong Set to Destroy Record Ivory Stockpile

    May 15, 2014

    This move indicates efforts by the Hong Kong government to combat the illegal ivory trade, which is fueling an elephant poaching crisis. Last year, an estimated 30,000 elephants were slaughtered to feed the black market trade in ivory.

    ivory tusks
  • Why Illegal Fishing Must Stop

    May 15, 2014

    Illegal fishing is a key driver of global overfishing, threatens marine ecosystems wildlife, puts food security and regional stability at risk, and is linked to major human rights violations and even organized crime.

  • 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
  • US Climate Assessment: An Urgent Call to Tackle Climate Change

    May 06, 2014

    Extreme weather events, melting glaciers and rising sea levels—all with links to climate change—are impacting the United States and the world, according to a new report by a group of leading US scientists and released by the White House on May 6.

    polar bear jumping to ice
  • Polar Bear Expedition Finds Little Ice and Few Mother Bears

    April 30, 2014

    WWF scientists spent two weeks in April on a research expedition to the islands of Arctic Norway to study polar bears and their habitat. They gathered data on 53 bears total and placed GPS collars on seven females. 

    ear tag
  • Looking at nature through a new lens

    April 22, 2014

    WWF was invited to be a Glass Explorer last year through the initial Giving Through Glass program. WWF's Sabita Malla tested the technology to help rhino conservation.

    google glass
  • Irrawaddy Dolphins: The Smiling Faces of the Mekong

    April 17, 2014

    Irrawaddy dolphins are an unusual species with small populations found in Southeast Asia. WWF works with local communities to develop fishery management zones to help sustain the fish population and conserve the species.

    dolphin jumping
  • Changing a River’s Trajectory

    April 15, 2014

    WWF and partners are working to restore a section of the Rio Grande/Bravo along the US-Mexico border. The river’s water is already 150% over-allocated and the onset of climate change has led to serious drought.

    big bend national park
  • Transforming the Future of Fresh Water

    April 08, 2014

    AWS and its standard will help drive water management coordination globally, but also in regions and—most importantly—in river basins. It will make water stewardship something that’s real and not just a concept. That’s why we at WWF are so excited to see it launch.

  • Why the FSC Label Matters to Wildlife—and All of Us

    April 07, 2014

    The FSC label ensures that the products you buy are from forests managed responsibly. And it means a future for both wildlife and people.

  • More Than 20% of Imported Wild Caught Seafood Entering the US is Illegal, New Article Estimates

    April 07, 2014

    A new study finds that more than 20% of imported wild caught seafood by weight comes from illegal sources, valued at between $1.3 billion and $2.1 billion.

    fish for sale

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