WWF is excited to recognize Boulder, Colorado as this year’s US Earth Hour Capital for its leadership inaddressing climate change. The title is awarded as part of our Earth Hour City Challenge initiative which highlights and supports local action on climate, including transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy, preparing for the impacts of extreme weather, and working with residents on strategies.
Elephants have been hit hard by a global poaching epidemic that’s emptying the planet of an array of wildlife. As many as 30,000 elephants are killed for their ivory each year. But people and governments are taking a stand for these remarkable animals – and making a tremendous impact.
Rampant ivory poaching has reduced the elephant population in Tanzania’s oldest and largest protected area by 90 percent in fewer than 40 years. WWF is sounding the alarm for urgent action in combating wildlife crime in the reserve.
Whales roam through all of the world’s oceans, communicating with complex and hauntingly beautiful sounds. Their behavior is the most fascinating, least understood, most difficult to study, and least funded area of whale research today.
Setting an example for the world in the fight to save elephants, the United States has finalized new regulations that will help shut down commercial elephant ivory trade within its borders and stop wildlife crime overseas.
As the second largest tropical forest park in the world, Salonga is a global treasure. It is home for bonobos and one of the last remaining habitats for the forest elephant. Now, a newly signed agreement brings together the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation (ICCN) and WWF to co-manage the protected area.
With immense pleasure, we’re welcoming the birth of one very special rhino in Nepal! Moved from one national park to another earlier this year to establish new populations in areas where they used to exist, a rhino gave birth to the male calf on May 22—an encouraging sign that the mother is thriving in her new environment. Four other rhinos were also translocated with her in March.
At one point over 30-60 plains million bison roamed across North America. Moving hundreds of miles each year, they help shape the land and contribute to the overall health of the ecosystem. But after European settlement, the population was reduced to only approximately 500 animals.
The king of India’s Himalayan rivers is the mighty mahseer. The mahseer are not just pretty; they're important too. The mahseer is a flagship species for India. A flagship species is a species selected to act as an ambassador, icon or symbol for a defined habitat, issue, campaign or environmental cause. Today, five of India’s mahseer species are listed as “endangered” and two as “near threatened” in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Nepal marked two consecutive years since its last rhino was poached on May 2, 2014. This exceptional success is a result of a combination of high-level political will and government entities, and the active involvement of conservation communities.
WWF designed and installed a camera and software system smart enough to both distinguish human movement from that of animals and to alert rangers of the presence of poachers. What does this mean for conservation?
Last April, Nepal experienced a devastating earthquake, resulting in a tragic loss of life and damage. But the people of this small and beautiful country are pushing forward with remarkable resilience. They’ve also taken care to consider the environment during the rebuilding period.
Every year, Earth Day connects people across the US and the world through advocacy and action to protect our planet. And this year is particularly special: heads of state and foreign ministers from more than 120 countries will come together in New York to formally sign an agreement to act on climate.
Crowdsourcing is a way to find solutions to problems by asking a large group of people to contribute information, ideas, data, and content about a certain idea. WWF is using this tool to address knowledge gaps about climate change, and help implement solutions.
Tiger populations fighting for a comeback in the wild will receive a much needed lifeline from the United States government. Improved and tightened regulations around captive tigers will make it more difficult for captive-bred tigers to filter into and stimulate the illegal wildlife trade that threatens wild tigers in Asia.
After a record-breaking warm Arctic winter, sea ice hit a record low for the largest area it covers during the winter months. The ice covered only 5.60 million square miles on March 24— surpassing last year’s record low of 5.61 million square miles.
Since 2011, photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz has travelled to eight countries capturing images for his long-term photographic project highlighting the global water crisis. Collectively, the photographs chart the diverse and far reaching effects of urbanization, poor sanitation, pollution, water scarcity, and the side effects of expanding industry and population.