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  • Finding Love in the Wild

    February 05, 2015

    From the underwater dance of seahorses to the enthusiastic leg-lifts of the peacock spider, the animal kingdom is full of quirky and intriguing methods to impress the opposite sex.

    prairie chicken mating dance
  • How Nepal Got to Zero Poaching

    February 03, 2015

    In February 2015, Nepal will host the first symposium focused on getting to zero poaching. Delegates from more than 13 Asian countries representing conservation agencies, police and prosecution services will share best practices, tools and technologies that can be used to respond to the poaching crisis.

    antipoaching patrol
  • Survey Shows 69% Increase in Area Occupied by Monarch Butterflies

    January 27, 2015

    A new survey of monarch habitat shows a 69% increase in forest area over the last year. Yet this is still the second smallest area occupied by these butterflies in Mexican sanctuaries since 1993.

    Monarch butterfly
  • Thai Citizens Say No to Ivory

    January 27, 2015

    With demand for ivory at an all-time high, the campaign asks people to imagine a life without elephants by publicly removing the Thai letter representing elephants—“Chor Chang”—from their names. The Thai word for elephant, “Chang,” starts with the letter in the Thai alphabet called “Chor”. By removing Chor Chang from their names, Thai people are making a statement that they want the illegal trade in ivory to stop or their beloved national animal—the elephant—could disappear.

    African elephants at watering hole
  • New Executive Order Helps Manage Arctic's Precious Resources

    January 21, 2015

    In recognition of the leadership role the US must play in the Arctic, especially to address climate change impacts, President Obama has announced an Executive Order that will help the US government coordinate work in the management of the Arctic and its precious resources.

    Sea ice, Alaska
  • A Community of Champions for Fisheries

    January 21, 2015

    Dalavapuram lies in the Ashtamudi lakes estuary on the southwest coast of India. It is home to a Ramsar Convention site where the intertwined lakes and inlets form a very important estuary system for migratory birds. This is also the home of Ashtamudi short-necked clam fishery, which in November 2014 became the first Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified sustainable fishery in India.

    fresh clams
  • State of the Union Stresses Urgent Need for Climate Change Action

    January 21, 2015

    Last night’s State of the Union Address was critically important in a year when there will need to be major international agreement on climate change action.

    Obama at State of the Union
  • India Reports Nearly 30% Rise in Wild Tiger Population

    January 20, 2015

    The population of wild tigers in the country increased to 2,226 in 2014 from 1,706 in 2010, according to the new report. This growth is largely due to better management and improved protection. The Status of Tigers in India, 2014 report also underscores the importance of tigers maintaining core habitats for breeding, habitat connectivity and protection from poaching.

    Bengal tiger India
  • Funky Freshwater Fish

    January 15, 2015

    We’re all familiar with the common bass and trout living in our rivers and lakes. But the underwater freshwater world gets wackier than those basic swimmers.

    congo goliath tiger fish
  • Giant Sunfish Released from Fishers' Net

    January 14, 2015

    A tuna fishing vessel operating in the offshore waters of Pakistan safely released a giant sunfish that was entangled in its fishing net. After a struggle of about 20 minutes, the fishermen successfully freed this nearly six-foot-long sunfish weighing nearly 1,000 pounds.

    sunfish release
  • Alternatives to Wood

    January 13, 2015

    Trees are cut down at a rapid rate to meet the demand for products we all use. Some are products that often are on our weekly shopping lists, such as toilet paper, diapers and tissues. What if we used something other than newly-harvested trees to create these products?

    Forest
  • Inspirational Leadership on the Rio Grande/Bravo

    January 07, 2015

    Joe Sirotnak, a federal botanist in Big Bend National Park, and his colleagues are focused on restoring and protecting the Rio Grande/Bravo River. This involves removing invasive plants that threaten the natural environment, re-vegetating tributaries that fuel the river, and coordinating crews to help with all these processes.

    joe river ranger
  • Bhutan’s Changing Landscape

    January 05, 2015

    The government of Bhutan and nonprofit organizations also are doing their part to create jobs in rural communities. WWF is helping educate homeowners how to turn their homes into lodging for tourists.

    bhutan temple and flags
  • Rhino Collaring Will Tell Critical Tale

    December 29, 2014

    A one-horned rhinoceros was successfully collared in Nepal late last month. The event was particularly significant because it occurred in a wildlife corridor that connects Nepal’s Bardia National Park with India’s Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary.

    collared rhino Khata corridor
  • 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
  • Fish in net hauled up from water
  • Remembering Theo Colborn

    December 17, 2014

    WWF lost a true friend and colleague this week. Dr. Theo Colborn (1927-2014) was an inspiration to all who knew and worked with her. She was well known for her keen intellect, fierce determination, and an unyielding commitment to science and protecting the planet.

  • Alaska’s Bristol Bay Protected from Oil and Gas Drilling

    December 16, 2014

    Today President Obama announced the protection of Bristol Bay, Alaska, from offshore oil and gas drilling. Bristol Bay is home to the last pristine salmon ecosystem in North America and stands unmatched in its productivity. Nearly 50 percent of the world’s wild sockeye salmon come from these waters.

    Bristol Bay, Alaska
  • Wheels for Wildlife

    December 16, 2014

    Laura Bareis hit the pavement for wildlife. The South Dakota native decided to ride her bike—laden with all the necessary gear—across the United States to raise funds for WWF’s work in protecting species and wild places around the world.

    girl on bike
  • Celebrating Mountains

    December 11, 2014

    Mountains—the highest points on the planet—provide vital support for some of the most spectacular landscapes and diverse ecosystems on Earth. Covering a quarter of Earth’s land surface, mountain regions sustain a breadth of species and provide local communities with the essential goods and services they depend on for survival.

    mountain in nepal
  • By the Numbers: Rangers Combat Wildlife Crime

    December 09, 2014

    Take a look at the life of a ranger by the numbers and learn more about why these courageous men and women need and deserve our support.

    rangers_kui buri_thailand
  • Prince William Announces New Task Force to Stop Transport of Illegal Wildlife

    December 08, 2014

    His Royal Highness Prince William announced a major step in the fight against illegal wildlife trade at the World Bank today. The United for Wildlife Transportation Task Force was created to promote zero tolerance of transport of illegal wildlife parts across borders. It will work with the commercial transportation sector, including airline and shipping companies, to keep illegal wildlife out of their operations.

    Thai officials seize shipment of illegal African elephant tusks.
  • 10 WWF Success Stories of 2014

    December 08, 2014

    As the year winds down, WWF and our dedicated supporters have cause to celebrate many positive impacts made for wildlife and people over the past 12 months.

    Tiger