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  • More than One Million Sign on to Stop Elephant Slaughter

    September 28, 2015

    An unprecedented chorus has spoken for the world’s elephants: More than one million people signed a WWF petition supporting a new proposed rule from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to prevent illegal African elephant ivory from being imported and sold in the US.

    African elephant (Loxodonta africana), herd with Kilimanjaro mountain in the background.
  • Thailand Destroys Ivory Stockpile

    August 25, 2015

    Over two tons of elephant tusks, carved ivory, and trinkets in Thailand—most of it from elephants poached a continent away in Africa—made its way into a machine that ground the ivory into chips. The solemn ceremony to destroy Thailand’s illegal ivory follows a number of important laws the country passed to crack down on the illegal ivory trade.

    prepping ivory to crush
  • Saving Thirty Hills

    August 12, 2015

    The Indonesian island of Sumatra—one of the most biodiverse places on the planet—has lost more than half of its forest cover in the last thirty years. But there are stands of amazing, still-intact forest in Sumatra, and Thirty Hills is one of them.

    Thirty Hills, Sumatra
  • President Obama Announces Important Advance in Fight to Stop Wildlife Crime

    July 25, 2015

    New draft ivory regulations will significantly curtail the sale of commercial ivory in the United States and help stop wildlife crime worldwide. President Obama announced the long-awaited regulations—along with the formation of an ambitious new United States Wildlife Trafficking Alliance —on his first official trip to Kenya.

    African elephants
  • The World's Elephants Can't Wait

    June 19, 2015

    The US government and the conservation community came together again to destroy a stockpile of confiscated ivory and to make a statement that the United States has zero tolerance for wildlife crime.

    ivory getting crushed
  • Crush and Burn: Destroying Illegal Ivory

    May 29, 2015

    Several countries, including China, have recently joined the US in publicly destroying their illegal ivory stockpiles—a powerful act demonstrating that a country will not tolerate wildlife crime. The act ensures that stockpiles of seized ivory will never again be sold and affirms that ivory is only of value if it remains on elephants as nature intended. And these burns and crushes also bring global attention to a problem threatening not only elephants and other wildlife, but also national development and regional stability.

    ivory burn in Gabon
  • 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
  • Learning to Live in Harmony with Asian Elephants

    August 12, 2014

    WWF works in a number of countries in Asia to prevent and mitigate human-elephant conflict. In addition to monitoring elephant movement to understand where they travel, what they encounter and their habits as they pertain to crop raiding, we help communities employ a variety of methods to keep elephants out of human settlements and safe in the wild.

    elephant patrol
  • Elephant Flying Squad Calf Turns One

    August 07, 2014

    We’re celebrating a year since Betino’s birth at the Flying Squad in Indonesia’s Tesso Nilo National Park! This lively little female calf was born on Aug. 9, 2013, to a critically endangered Sumatran elephant trained to help reduce human-elephant conflicts.

    betino turns one
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Protecting Elephant, Tiger and Orangutan Habitat in Sumatra

    September 12, 2013

    Every minute on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, five football fields of rain forest are cleared for timber and replaced with pulpwood, rubber and palm oil plantations.

    orangutan with baby
  • Elephant Ivory Disguised as Chocolate

    August 09, 2013

    Custom officials in Macao, China grew suspicious when they saw 15 boxes of unusually heavy chocolate in a set of luggage. After soaking in warm water, the chocolate melted away to reveal 583 elephant tusks.

  • More than 1,100 Elephant Tusks Uncovered in Major Wildlife Crime Bust

    August 08, 2013

    Two tons of body parts from endangered speciess—including 1,120 ivory tusks, 13 rhino horns and five leopard skins—were uncovered by Hong Kong customs officials.

    elephant ivory seized by customs officials
  • Obama Pledges Support to Stop Wildlife Crime in Africa

    July 01, 2013

    President Barack Obama pledged to deliver support to African countries reeling under the onslaught of wildlife crime.

    Elephant under a rainbow
  • Poachers Storm 'Village of Elephants'

    May 07, 2013

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

    Line of elephants walking
  • 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
  • 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.

  • WWF Launches New iPad App to Bring the World’s Most Amazing Animals ‘Together’

    January 14, 2013

    Now available for free in the iTunes App Store, ‘WWF Together’ is a unique interactive experience that brings you closer to the stories of elephants, whales, rhinos and other fascinating species. Discover the animal’s lives and the work of WWF in a way you’ve never seen before. Try out “tiger vision,” stay as still as the polar bear during a hunt, and chop the panda’s bamboo.

    WWF Together App: Pandas
  • Secretary of State Clinton Calls for End to Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

    November 08, 2012

    WWF’s campaign to stop wildlife crime gained a powerful champion—U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. On November 8, the U.S. State Department held an unprecedented event on illegal wildlife trafficking and conservation. In her remarks, Secretary Clinton called for an end to illicit wildlife trafficking, which she emphasized as a major foreign policy and security issue.

    U.S. Department of State / Michael
  • Hope for an End to Wildlife Crime

    November 07, 2012

    Crawford Allan, Regional Director, TRAFFIC North America, has translated his passion for the natural world into a long and fulfilling career. While he has seen the impact of illegal killing of rare species first hand and uncovered illicit wildlife trade in blackmarkets in dozens of countries, he remains hopeful.

  • 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.

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