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  • A Stamp to Protect Wildlife

    August 01, 2014
  • Thanking Our Heroes

    July 31, 2014

    Rangers play a very important role in protecting some of the world’s most endangered wild spaces and iconic species like elephants, rhinos and tigers.

    postcard to ranger
  • Back a Ranger

    July 30, 2014

    They serve under various titles—rangers, forest guards, eco guard and field enforcement officers—but these men and women on the frontlines of conservation are perhaps the most important protectors of the world’s natural and cultural treasures.

    Anti-poaching patrol at the WWF-Gabon office
  • More Tigers in American Backyards than in the Wild

    July 29, 2014

    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. 

    Captive Tiger
  • Report: US Communities and Wildlife Would Be Affected by Arctic Oil Spill

    July 25, 2014

    New research mapping a range of oil spill scenarios in the Canadian Beaufort Sea finds that a spill would likely reach the U.S. shorelines of Alaska and could affect the local communities and wildlife living there.

  • EPA Proposes Protection for Bristol Bay

    July 18, 2014

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a proposal to protect the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay, Alaska, from the potentially destructive impacts of the proposed Pebble Mine.

  • Citizen Scientists Saving Snow Leopards

    July 15, 2014

    WWF has found a way to protect the snow leopard while also benefiting nomadic herders. As part of the USAID-funded Conservation and Adaptation in Asia’s High Mountain Landscapes and Communities (AHM) project, local herders like Byambatsooj are now being trained and equipped to collect basic data on the remote mountains they know better than anyone else.

  • Taking a Stand Against Wildlife Crime

    July 15, 2014

    The governments of CITES took strong and decisive action in Geneva last week. They laid out timelines and concrete deliverables for countries most complicit in the illegal ivory trade. In particular, they laid down a strict timeline for Thailand to take the necessary steps to rectify the problems that have facilitated its rise to becoming the world’s largest unregulated ivory market. Thailand has until March 2015 to deliver, or they face sanctions.

  • Thailand Faces Sanctions If It Fails to Stop Ivory Trade

    July 11, 2014

    Thailand has until 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 this week.

    African elephants
  • Unexpected Swimmers: 3 Land Animals That Do Well in Water

    July 08, 2014

    We all know the usual suspects when it comes to animals that swim: whales, dolphins, sea turtles, tuna. But what about land mammals that need to travel across a body of freshwater, or simply go for a dip to cool down?

    sloth from underwater
  • Small Steps to Reduce Food Waste

    July 07, 2014

    Food waste is thoughtless. Most of us aren’t even aware of it. When we don’t use what we have, we not only waste food, but we negatively impact precious resources including biodiversity and animal habitats.

    Fruits and Veggies
  • Steep Rise in Ivory Sales and Availability in Thailand

    July 02, 2014

    Though Thailand reveres elephants and holds the animals as an important part of national identity, the country remains one of the most problematic worldwide when it comes to the illegal ivory trade.

    thai ivory bracelets
  • Meet the Bison: Facts About America's Iconic Species

    July 01, 2014

    Bison are the largest native grazers of America’s Northern Great Plains. Take a look at why bison are unique to our landscape and what WWF is doing to help.

    big bison sitting
  • Rhino Horn’s Real Value and Other Rhino Facts

    June 24, 2014

    WWF is one of the few organizations attempting to tackle all threats to rhinos. We work on strengthening protected areas in Africa and Asia, lobbying to halt the illegal timber trade that threatens rhino habitat, and stamping out the illegal trade in rhino horn.

    two black rhino
  • 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

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