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  • 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
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 15 WWF Success Stories of 2013

    December 26, 2013

    As 2013 comes to a close, WWF takes a look back at successes over the past 12 months.

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  • Lasting Solutions to Save Wildlife

    December 16, 2013

    As wildlife crime sweeps through Africa and Asia, WWF joined wildlife advocates, conservation orgnizations and concerned citizens gathered at the first public meeting of President Obama's Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking in Washington D.C

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  • Putting an End to Elephant Poaching

    December 05, 2013

    When the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service crushed 6 tons of confiscated ivory carvings, trinkets and jewelry into rubble last month, it got the world’s attention.

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  • EFN Grantee and Conservationist Walks for Elephants in Kenya

    November 05, 2013

    EFN grantee Jim Nyamu is working to raise awareness of threats to elephants by walking more than 650 miles from Massai Mara to Nairobi on a campaign called Ivory Belongs to Elephants.

    Elephants play fight in Kenya
  • Changing the Trajectory

    September 26, 2013

    On Sept. 26, thousands of miles from the nearest herd of wild elephants in the jungle of New York City, several unprecedented commitments were made to change the trajectory at two high-level events.

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  • Poachers Storm 'Village of Elephants'

    May 07, 2013

    Taking advantage of the ongoing political instability in Central African Republic, poachers massacre dozens of elephants.

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  • Global Action to Fight Wildlife Crime

    March 14, 2013

    This month in Bangkok, where 178 nations have convened to discuss global wildlife trade, many of the country delegates are publicly expressing urgency and seriousness of the crisis. As poaching rates for African elephants and rhinos soar to catastrophic heights, member nations of the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) took action.

  • A Chorus of Hope for Elephants

    March 12, 2013

    Last week, that rare moment happened with 1.5 million voices from 227 countries and territories coming together in a call to end the ivory trade in Thailand, home to one of the biggest unregulated ivory markets in the world. Their shared vision: to save the world's elephants.

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  • Thai prime minister announces end to ivory trade

    March 03, 2013

    Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra pledged to start a legislative process to end ivory trade in Thailand, seizing a key opportunity to stem global wildlife trafficking at the opening of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Bangkok.

    Thai prime minister announces ivory ban
  • WWF Submits Half a Million Petition Signatures for Thai Ivory Ban

    February 27, 2013

    WWF handed over a global petition with more than half a million initial signatures from around the world demanding an end to Thailand's ivory trade. The petition was delivered personally to Prime Minister Shinawatra today in Bangkok.

  • Thai Ivory Ban Needed to Help Save Elephants

    January 15, 2013

    WWF has launched a global petition asking Thai Prime Minister to ban all ivory trade in Thailand in order to curb the illegal killing of African elephants. Thailand is the biggest unregulated ivory market in the world and a top driver of poaching and illegal trade.

  • Hong Kong Ivory Bust Underscores Global Scale of Wildlife Crime

    October 23, 2012

    A major ivory seizure in Hong Kong uncovered roughly four tons of ivory products—estimated to be valued at over $3.4 million and potentially equivalent to 500 elephants.

  • Using Chilies to Protect Maize Fields and Elephants

    October 02, 2012

    The maize harvest is a crucial source of food for the Kakwenga family in but erratic rains and raids by elephants make a good harvest problematic. Farmers can’t guard their crops twenty-four hours a day so they have started using chili bombs—a mixture of ingredients which give off a spicy, pungent smell that offends elephants’ sensitive trunks and drives them away from crops.

    Elephant in Zambia
  • African Religious Leaders Join Forces to Help Stop Illegal Wildlife Trade

    September 21, 2012

    On September 21, 2012, WWF and The Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) announced a first-ever partnership with faith leaders from across Africa to unite against the killing of endangered species caused by illegal wildlife trade.

    Faith leaders at ivory burn
  • CITES UPDATE

    March 17, 2010
  • Five Remarkable Animal Moms

    The animal kingdom is flush with moms that take the time to teach their babies how to find food and protect themselves against the elements.

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  • Seven Things You Should Know About Elephants

    Elephants, found in both Africa and Asia, are vital to maintaining the rich biodiversity of the ecosystems that they share with other species. Here's a snapshot of what you should know about the species.

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