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  • Thailand Faces Sanctions If It Fails to Stop Ivory Trade

    March 19, 2015

    Thailand has until the end of March 2015 to take measures to shut down domestic trade in illegal elephant ivory or it will face trade sanctions under the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES), which met in Geneva last July.

    African elephants
  • Evanston, IL, Named 2015 US Earth Hour Capital

    March 16, 2015

    Evanston, Illinois, is our new 2015 US Earth Hour Capital. An international jury selected the city from among 44 participating US cities. WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge highlights and supports local action towards climate change including transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy and preparing for the impacts of extreme weather.

    evanston skyline
  • New US Action Plan to Combat Black Market Fishing

    March 15, 2015

    The Presidential Task Force on Combatting Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud announced its action plan in its efforts to stop the import and sale of IUU seafood products in the United States on March 15, 2015, at the largest seafood show in North America.

    fishing port
  • My Fight to Stop Illegal Fishing

    March 12, 2015

    The topic of illegal fishing—poaching some would say—is personal for WWF's Michele Kuruc; she's been working on the issue in one form or another for almost 30 years. This is her story.

    ocean wave
  • A Lifeline for Vaquita

    March 11, 2015

    The world’s most endangered marine mammal just received a little more hope for survival. The government of Mexico recently committed to a two year buy out of gillnet fisheries in the upper Gulf of California. Vaquita populations have declined dramatically in the past few years primarily because they get caught in gillnets and drown. 

  • Good news for Asian big cats

    March 03, 2015

    We are celebrating major milestones for both leopards and tigers in 2015. Efforts to protect and establish populations of these big cats are yielding results in Russia, China and India. Looking ahead, there is much more work to be done to protect these species. 

    Amur Leopard
  • "We Love Cities" Leading Planet to a Sustainable Future

    March 03, 2015

    To support cities on issues of climate change and sustainability, WWF launched the Earth Hour City Challenge in 2012. The global initiative recognizes the cities taking holistic and credible actions to build a sustainable future for their residents.

    cleveland EHCC
  • Illegal Wildlife Traders in China Migrating to Social Media for Sales

    March 03, 2015

    Beyond bricks and mortar, illegal wildlife traders in China are increasingly using social media and code words to reach buyers.

    Ivory carving for sale Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
  • How Camera Traps Help Panda Conservation

    March 03, 2015

    Camera traps in China have captured images and video footage of giant pandas that are often difficult to see in the wild. The photographs and video are some of the most amazing images ever of pandas and other species in their remote habitat, which were caught on film as part of long-term wildlife monitoring projects set up in panda nature reserves by the Chinese government and WWF.

    Panda photographed by a camera trap
  • Panda population grows nearly 17 percent

    February 27, 2015

    It’s good news for the furry black and white bear that has come to symbolize wildlife conservation. China announced the results of its Fourth National Giant Panda Survey, which WWF supported with financial and technical expertise.

    giant panda with cub
  • Rhino Poacher Arrested after Life on the Run

    February 26, 2015

    Rajkumar Praja, one of Nepal’s most wanted wildlife criminals, was arrested by an INTERPOL team in Malaysia and extradited to Nepal where he faces a lengthy spell in jail for rhino poaching and trafficking in rhino horns.

    Rajkumar Praja was the ringleader of a major rhino poaching network
  • Amur Leopard—World's Rarest Cat—Doubles in Population

    February 23, 2015

    In an amazing tale of recovery, Amur leopard populations have more than doubled in just seven years. New census data reveals Amur leopards in Russia’s Land of the Leopard National Park now number at least 57 cats (up from just 30 cats in 2007). And an additional 8-12 leopards were counted in adjacent areas of China.

    Amur leopard
  • Earth Hour: People Unite to Protect the Planet

    February 20, 2015

    Hundreds of millions of people will switch off the lights for one designated hour – March 28th, 2015, at 8:30 pm local time—as individuals, businesses and world leaders join together in an iconic and unprecedented call for action on climate change.

    Earth Hour at night
  • Rare Video of Amur Tiger Family

    February 19, 2015

    Footage of a tiger and her playful cubs caught by a WWF camera trap is the first video evidence of wild Amur tigers in China. The footage was captured almost 20 miles from the Russian border late last year. In the past, tiger footprints were the only indicators of Amur tigers in China.

    Amur tiger family in China
  • America's Arctic on a Pathway for Change

    February 12, 2015

    In January 2015 President Obama took an important step to protect some key areas in America’s Arctic Ocean, setting aside 9.8 million acres in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas off-limits to consideration for future oil and gas leasing. The Presidents Executive Order includes part of Hanna Shoal which is a region in the Chukchi Sea that is increasingly important habitat for sea-ice dependent species such as Walrus.

    beluga whale_Arctic
  • Moving Asia toward Zero Poaching

    February 12, 2015

    Nepal has earned the distinction of achieving two continuous twelve month periods of zero poaching in the last four years. It made them the best possible host for this month’s Asian symposium with that singular focus.

    watering hole, Bardia National Park, Nepal
  • Giants of the Ocean: Whale Facts

    February 12, 2015

    At the top of the food chain, whales play a vital role in the overall health of the environment. WWF documents and protects critical feeding and breeding areas, and migration routes of whales. We also work to help shift shipping lanes to limit noise and other disruptions for whales and other marine species.

    humback whale jump
  • Academy Award-Winning Actor Jared Leto Joins WWF as Global Ambassador

    February 11, 2015

    Academy Award-winning actor, musician and director Jared Leto will become a WWF Global Ambassador, focusing on the most urgent, pressing issues facing our planet.

    jared leto and rhino
  • Australia’s Great Barrier Reef under Threat

    February 09, 2015

    Unsustainable development alongside the Great Barrier Reef could cause severe damage to one of Earth’s most important marine environmental systems, according to a new report commissioned by WWF. In order to prevent new stress on this already-vulnerable ecosystem, WWF is calling on the Australian government to ban all dumping of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Site.

    sea turtles in great barrier reef
  • 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