In Memory of Our Colleagues

In 2006, a helicopter carrying WWF staff members Dr. Chandra Gurung, Dr. Harka Gurung, Jennifer Headley, Yeshi Choden Lama, Matthew Preece, Dr. Jillian Bowling Schlaepfer and Mingma Sherpa as well as other conservation leaders crashed in Nepal, killing all 23 passengers on board.

WWF was established in 1961 by a group of passionate and committed individuals who sought to secure the funding necessary to protect places and species that were threatened by human development.

Inspired by a series of articles in a UK newspaper written by Sir Julian Huxley about the destruction of habitat and wildlife in East Africa, businessman Victor Stolan pointed out the urgent need for an international organization to raise funds for conservation. The idea was then shared with Max Nicholson, Director General of British government agency Nature Conservancy, who enthusiastically took up the challenge.

Nicholson was motivated in part by the financial difficulties facing the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and felt that a new fundraising initiative might help IUCN and other conservation groups carry out their mission. He drafted a plan in April 1961 that served as a basis for WWF’s founding, which was then endorsed by the executive board of IUCN in a document known as the Morges Manifesto.

Nicholson and approximately two dozen other individuals –including Sir Peter Scott, a member of IUCN’s executive board who had signed the Morges Manifesto and later became WWF’s first vice president – hammered out the details of the new organization in a series of meetings over the following months. This included choosing the name World Wildlife Fund and adopting the now-famous panda logo.

The first three “national appeals” (now called national organizations) were also established in 1961 in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and the United States. Since then, WWF-US has grown to include over 1 million supporters and has helped lead conservation projects in Alaska, the Northern Great Plains, and around the world.

From 1961 to Today


  1. 1961

    World Wildlife Fund was conceived in April, 1961, and set up shop in September, 1961, at IUCN's headquarters in Morges, Switzerland. H.R.H. Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands became the organization's first president.

  2. H.R.H. Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, in 1961 became president of the British National Appeal, the first national organization in the World Wildlife Fund family.

  3. World Wildlife Fund, Inc. (WWF)—the U.S. appeal—became the second national organization to be formed in 1961. The giant panda becomes the logo for WWF.

  4. Launch of WWF at the Royal Society of Arts, London, September 28, 1961. From left to right: Peter Scott, Lord Hurcomb holding a panda, Julian Huxley and Jean Baer.

  5. In its first year, the Board approves five projects totaling $33,500. Early projects include work with the bald eagle, the Hawaiian sea bird, the giant grebe of Guatemala, the Tule goose in Canada and the red wolf in the southern United States.

  6. WWF also finances Ambassador Philip K. Crowe's 1961 mission to Central America and Mexico, during which the ambassador meets with government officials to build support for conservation.

  7. Another project in 1961 helps Colombian conservationists establish a small nature reserve. These efforts supplement WWF support for the conservation programs of IUCN, the International Council for Bird Preservation (ICBP) and WWF-International.

  8. Incorporated in the District of Columbia on December 1, 1961, WWF-U.S. names Dwight D. Eisenhower its President of Honor.

  9. Ira N. Gabrielson and Russell E. Train were the first president and vice president, respectively, of WWF-U.S.

  10. 1962

    A WWF grant helps establish the Charles Darwin Foundation Research Station in the Galapagos Islands.

  11. 1963

    The College of African Wildlife Management is established in Tanzania with grant funding from WWF.


  1. 1973

    WWF hires its first scientist, Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy, as a project administrator, in 1973.

  2. WWF grants $38,000 to the Smithsonian Institution to study the tiger population of the Chitwan Sanctuary in Nepal, allowing scientists to successfully use radio tracking devices for the first time in 1973.

  3. WWF purchases 37,000 acres adjacent to Kenya's Lake Nakuru. Nearly 30 bird species depend on the lake, including a million flamingoes for which the lake is the principle feeding ground in 1973.

  4. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna & Flora (CITES) is negotiated in 1973, with Russell E. Train leading the U.S. government delegation as Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

  5. To date, the CITES international agreement has been signed by over 170 nations that are committed to working together to ensure wild plant and animal species are not threatened with extinction by uncontrolled trade and exploitation.

  6. WWF starts to focus not only on species-related conservation projects, but also on protecting habitat by establishing national parks and nature reserves.

  7. 1974

    WWF begins awarding the annual $50,000 Getty Prize for outstanding contributions to wildlife conservation in 1974.  The Prize increases to $100,000 in 1999 and focuses on the education of future conservationists.

  8. 1975

    WWF in 1975 helps create Corcovado National Park, located on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula. Corcovado contains 13 major habitat types and is the best example of a Central American tropical forest now under protection.

  9. 1976

    WWF and IUCN in 1976 create TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring network that works to ensure trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature.


  1. With critical support from WWF and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the IUCN in 1980 publishes the ground-breaking World Conservation Strategy, stating that humanity exists as part of nature and has no future unless nature and natural resources are conserved.

  2. 1983

    Finca La Planada, a 3,700-acre farm in Colombia, becomes a nature reserve, thanks to the joint efforts of WWF and the Colombian Foundation for Higher Education in 1983. La Planada is a tropical moist forest with tremendous floral and faunal diversity.

  3. WWF establishes the Primate Action Fund  in 1983 to support short-term needs that lay the groundwork for larger investigations—particularly important for conservation work in tropical countries where primates originate.

  4. WWF's long-established support of projects in Africa is strengthened by the creation of an Africa program and a formal tie (since discontinued) with the African Wildlife Foundation in 1983.

  5. 1984

    In a New York Times editorial in 1984, WWF vice president Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy sets forth the concept of using Third World debt reduction to protect the environment. Through these "debt for nature" swaps, WWF will convert portions of national debts into Funds for Conservation.

  6. School children across the U.S. respond to WWF's 'Pennies for Pandas' campaign in 1984, donating more than $10,000 for panda conservation. Nancy Reagan personally delivers the gift to the Chinese government during a visit to Beijing.

  7. 1985

    Building on 1980's World Conservation Strategy, WWF in 1985 launches Wildlands & Human Needs, a program that demonstrates the economic circumstances of rural people who share their land with wild animals can improve without degrading the natural habitats.

  8. WWF in 1985 expands conservation programs in Asia and Africa, showcasing the new Annapurna National Park in Nepal and strengthening projects to protect mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

  9. The Conservation Foundation, a New York, and later Washington, DC – based conservation policy institute, formally affiliates with WWF-US in 1985 – a merger which is completed in 1990.

  10. 1986

    The Mexican government in 1986 protects as an ecological reserve the area where 100 million Monarch butterflies converge each winter, representing a tremendous victory for Monarca, a WWF supported organization created by local citizens just six years ago.

  11. WWF celebrates its 25th anniversary in 1986 with a convocation of leaders from different faith traditions in Assisi, Italy.

  12. On the island of Madagascar, the greater bamboo lemur - thought to be extinct since 1972 - is re-discovered by WWF-sponsored researchers in 1986. WWF also helps reintroduce the Golden Lion Tamarin to Brazil's Atlantic Forest.

  13. WWF's wildlife trade arm, TRAFFIC, launches an extensive publicity campaign to combat illegal wildlife trade in 1986.

  14. WWF helps create the first national park in Bhutan by transforming the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary in 1986.

  15. 1987

    WWF in 1987 is instrumental in creating the Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve, which protects one of the largest jaguar populations in Central America, as well as the endangered scarlet macaw.

  16. WWF helps establish the Guaraquea Ecological Station in 1987, and a 770-square-mile protected area surrounding it, in the Brazilian state of Parana. Extensive mangroves and primeval Atlantic forest in the area shelter the endemic Chau parrot, among other wildlife.

  17. In partnership with the Frankfurt Ecological Society, WWF in 1987 undertakes a comprehensive ecological study of Serengeti National Park, providing essential information about wildlife population dynamics and habitat.

  18. WWF and the Malawi government work together in 1987 to assess the environmental impact of traditional fisheries and to provide villagers in Lake Malawi National Park with viable economic alternatives to ecologically damaging fishing practices.

  19. 1988

    WWF in 1988 arranges a $3 million debt-for-nature swap in Costa Rica, as well as additional swaps in the Philippines for $2 million and Ecuador for $1 million.

  20. WWF collaborates with Cultural Survival in 1988 to help Ecuador's Awndians gain title to their homeland in the tropical forests near the Colombian border, and to manage their wildlands productively.

  21. WWF's innovative Lumparda Elephant Project in 1988 leads to a sharp decline in poaching of elephants and black rhinos in Zambia, by establishing an adjacent buffer zone for economic activities and employing local people as scouts to protect wildlife.

  22. 1989

    WWF's campaign to save the African elephant in 1989 plays an important part in the decision by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) to enact a ban on the ivory trade.

  23. WWF arranges a $2.1 million debt-for-nature swap for Madagascar in 1989, with the help of a $1 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development - the first major U.S. government support for a debt-for-nature swap.


  1. WWF and The Conservation Foundation merge in 1990, formalizing a relationship that began in 1985 when The Conservation Foundation first affiliated with WWF.

  2. WWF convenes the Cooperative Working Group on Bird Trade in 1990, bringing together the pet industry, aviculturalists, zoos, animal welfare organizations & conservationists. The group recommends that the U.S. end the import of most wild-caught birds for sale as pets.

  3. 1991

    WWF in 1991 helps create the Enterprise for the Americas Initiative, which to date has gene-
    rated more than $150 million in conservation and development funding from the proceeds of restructured government-to-government debt in seven Latin American countries.

  4. With support from WWF, TRAFFIC opens an office covering eastern and southern Africa—the heart of elephant country—in 1991.

  5. 1992

    WWF in 1992 begins creating "conservation trust funds" for a number of high-priority conservation areas. These trusts act as foundations, providing stable, long-term funding that can meet a country's recurrent environmental costs.

  6. 1993

    WWF in 1993 completes a $19 million debt-for-nature swap in the Philippines, the largest such swap ever undertaken by a nongovernmental organization.

  7. WWF in 1993 helps create the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to find solutions which promote responsible stewardship of the world's forests. FSC grows to a global network of more than 40 offices in the United States and around the world.

  8. 1994

    WWF launches the Russell E. Train Education for Nature (EFN) Program in 1994 to build capacity for conservation in Africa, Asia, and Latin America by supporting academic and mid-career training. To date, EFN has awarded over 1000 scholarships and grants.

  9. WWF in 1994 initiates and leads the effort of mainstream environmental groups to secure congressional approval of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the first trade convention to address the environment.

  10. 1996

    WWF in 1996 works with Malaysia and the Philippines to establish the Turtle Islands Heritage Protected Area, the world's first transborder marine protected area for sea turtles.

  11. Our Stolen Future, written by WWF senior scientist Theo Colburn and two colleagues, is published in 1996. The book gives a vivid account of the discovery that some man-made chemicals disrupt the endocrine system in wildlife and humans.

  12. WWF negotiates a debt-for-nature swap in Madagascar worth $3.2 million in 1996. Funding is provided by the Dutch government.

  13. 1997

    WWF in 1997 launches the Living Planet Campaign, a new vision for preserving Earth's biodiversity. The centerpiece of the campaign is the Global 200, a framework of more than 200 terrestrial, marine and freshwater ecoregions.

  14. World Bank President James Wolfensohn in 1997 introduces a partnership with WWF to bring 500 million acres of forest under independent certification as sustainably managed by 2005, and to establish an additional 50 million acres of new forest protected areas.

  15. The government of Nepal declares Kanchenjunga, the world's third-highest mountain, as a special conservation area in 1997.

  16. Several Canadian oil companies donate 320,000 acres of exploration rights off Canada's Pacific Coast to establish a new marine preserve for orcas, sea otters, starfish and hundreds of other marine species in 1997.

  17. WWF and Unilever in 1997 establish the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to assure the long-term sustainability of global fish stocks and the integrity of marine ecosystems. Two years later MSC becomes a fully independent nonprofit organization.

  18. 1998

    In a pledge developed through the WWF-World Bank Alliance, the president of Brazil in 1998 commits to provide legal protection for 10 percent of the Brazilian rain forest, an area greater than all of the national parks in the contiguous United States combined.

  19. WWF plays a key role in persuading Ecuador to enact a sweeping new law to protect the Galapagos Islands in 1998. The law creates a marine sanctuary around the islands to a 40-mile limit, bans industrial-scale fishing in the area and ensures tourist revenues support conservation.

  20. Namibia in 1998 establishes the Communal Area Conservancies Program, designating four communally-run nature conservancies covering 4.2 million acres of critical wildlife habitat.

  21. These new conservancies are the first stage in the creation of a broader network of conservancies under a WWF-cosponsored conservation initiative called LIFE (Living in a Finite Environment).

  22. 1999

    WWF in 1999 helps craft and secure support from the fishing industry for a proposal to establish a 186-square-nautical-mile no-fishing zone in the Dry Tortugas within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

  23. WWF in 1999 convenes the Yaounde Forest Summit in Yaounde, Cameroon. At the Summit, six African heads of state jointly announce plans to create 12 million acres of new cross-border forest protected areas in the Congo Basin.

  24. WWF establishes Climate Savers, partnering with leading corporations to help them reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

  25. WWF and Fundacion Vida Silvestre Argentina in 1999 are instrumental in winning passage of legislation to protect a 2.5 million-acre forest corridor connecting existing reserves in Argentina's Misiones Province and neighboring Brazil.


  1. In 2000, The number of forest acres certified under the principles of the FSC reaches 44 million, including 6.4 million acres in the United States.

  2. The President of Brazil's 1998 pledge to create 70 million acres of new protected area in the Amazon expands in 2000, with a new commitment to strengthen the management of an additional 30 million acres of existing protected areas.

  3. International standards for fisheries management are established in 2000 under the MSC. Certified Australian rock lobster comes to market, and Alaska salmon, which represents more than six percent of the total annual U.S. fish catch, is certified as well.

  4. 2001

    Central African nations in 2001 surpass commitments made at the Yaounde Summit.  These governments established nearly 13 million acres of protected areas in the Congo Basin, and are giving special attention to anti-poaching and sustainable forestry.

  5. In the Terai Arc of the Eastern Himalayan lowlands, WWF in 2001 spurs progress toward the ambitious goal of creating wildlife corridors linking 11 protected areas between Nepal's Royal Chitwan National Park and India's Corbett National Park, an area of 12,160 acres.

  6. The government of Nepal has doubled the size of Royal Bardia National Park to nearly 450,000 acres in 2001, and hundreds of thousands of tree seedlings have been planted in two priority restoration corridors.

  7. 2002

    The Amazon Region Protected Areas (ARPA) program launches in 2002. ARPA , an initiative of the Brazilian government spearheaded by WWF, will triple the Amazon protected areas system over the next decade.

  8. The Brazilian government creates Tumucumaque National Park in the Brazilian Amazon in 2002, and WWF commits $1 million for its management.  This 9.4 million-acre park is the largest tropical park in the world.

  9. A debt-for-nature swap will provide $10.6 million for the conservation of more than 27.5 million acres in the Peruvian Amazon.

  10. Funding for the swap is generated through an unprecedented partnership between WWF, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. government.

  11. 2003

    WWF secures a $53 million commitment from the U.S. government in 2003 for the new Congo Basin Forest Partnership. Working with six African governments, science-based priorities are defined for protecting species and habitats in the region.


  12. After three years of intensive work by WWF, the 1.7-million acre Chandless State Park is created in 2003 in the Brazilian Amazon.

  13. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) in 2003 officially endorses WWF's Africa Stockpiles Program initiative and makes a $25 million commitment to the program, which aims to clean up and safely dispose of more than 50,000 metric tons of obsolete pesticide waste stockpiled throughout Africa.

  14. 2004

    Negotiations by WWF and partners in 2004 culminate in funding to protect nearly 11 million acres of tropical forest in Colombia through a $10 million debt-for-nature swap and $15 million from the Global Environment Facility.

  15. A new census in 2004 shows WWF efforts to protect African rhinos are paying off: there are 3,600 black rhinos, a substantial increase from the 2,400 left in the 1990s—and 11,000 white rhinos, up from fewer than 100 a century ago.

  16. WWF and partners in 2004 launch the International Smart Gear Competition, encouraging the design of innovative fishing gear to reduce accidental deaths of marine mammals, birds and sea turtles.

  17. WWF and the Chinese government in 2004 release the most comprehensive study ever done of pandas in the wild, showing nearly 50 percent more pandas than previously thought.

  18. 2005

    WWF's Board of Directors in 2005 adopts a 10-year goal: to measurably conserve 15 to 20 of the world's most important ecoregions, and in so doing, transform markets, policies, and institutions in order to reduce threats to these places and the diversity of life on Earth.

  19. WWF in 2005 establishes the Mesoamerican Reef Trust Fund, benefiting Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico. It is the first conservation trust fund to be implemented on an ecoregional scale.

  20. WWF supports the American Prairie Foundation’s acquisition of 31,320 acres of land in Montana for wildlife restoration. In conjunction with a continent-wide effort to save the American bison, this iconic species is reintroduced to the land after an absence of 120 years.

  21. In the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, WWF develops Green Reconstruction Policy Guidelines in 2005 to be used by the American Red Cross as a blueprint for reconstruction efforts.

  22. 2006

    WWF in 2006 defeats a proposal for the world's largest oil palm plantation, which threatens to destroy the last remaining intact forests of Borneo. Governments of Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei commit to the Heart of Borneo declaration to conserve and sustainably manage the forests.

  23. WWF in 2006 engages with Wal-Mart on sustainability efforts focused on its supply chain, including MSC certification of all fisheries, participation in the Global Forest & Trade Network, Mining Certification Guidelines, Better Cotton Initiative and other agriculture-related issues.

  24. WWF in 2006 supports the declaration of the 4.7 million-acre Juruena National Park in the Amazon. With this new park, a total of 33 million acres of new strict nature protection and 18.5 million acres of new sustainable use areas have been created since ARPA's inception in 2002.

  25. WWF in 2006 receives the largest gift in its history, $34.6 million, from the estate of H. Guy Di Stefano. The donation is earmarked for projects with potential for large and immediate impact on WWF's worldwide conservation efforts

  26. 2007

    WWF and The Coca-Cola Company in 2007 announce a $20 million partnership to focus on seven important river basins, global supply chain and water use efficiency in its bottling plants.

  27. WWF in 2007 helps Russia establish two new national parks in key tiger habitat. Covering 419,000 acres, these are the first parks in the region to balance conservation and recreational uses.

  28. At the meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in 2007, all 21 heads of state in attendance, including U.S. President Bush and Indonesian President Yudhoyono, commit to advance the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security.

  29. WWF in 2007 forms the Climate Savers Computing Initiative with Google, IBM, Dell, Intel and others, establishing new efficiency standards for computers that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 54 million tons per year.

  30. WWF organizes the first Earth Hour in Sydney, Australia in 2007.

  31. 2008

    The largest debt-for-nature swap in Madagascar's history is agreed to by the governments of Madagascar and France in 2008. The swap allocates roughly $20 million over five years, and is part of a global effort led by WWF.

  32. In direct response to a WWF-led campaign, Staples, the largest office products company in the U.S., ends its relationship with Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) because of its poor environmental practices.

  33. WWF helps Bhutan create the 1,442-square mile Wangchuck Centennial Park, the second-largest park in the country. With the creation of this park, 49 percent of Bhutan's land cover is protected.

  34. Governors of Sumatra's 10 provinces sign an agreement pledging to restore critical ecosystems in Sumatra and protect areas with high conservation values. WWF will help implement this political commitment.

  35. In 2008, Earth Hour goes global, becoming the world’s largest environmental activism event.

  36. 2009

    The U.S. House of Representatives passes H.R. 2454, The American Clean Energy and Security Act,
    marking the first time a house of Congress has passed legislation limiting greenhouse gas emissions.
    WWF helped draft language in the bill addressing forest carbon, clean tech and adaptation.

  37. WWF, Fundacion Carlos Slim (FCS) and the Mexican government launch the Alianza Mexico, an initiative to establish Mexico as a global model for conservation. The Alianza plans an initial $100 million investment from FCS and other donors to support conservation.

  38. The 10-year Regional Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) Plan of Action, which sets steps to address growing threats to the region's wildlife and habitat, is agreed to at the CTI Leaders' Summit in Indonesia. WWF was intimately involved in the development of the plan.


  1. Year of the Tiger: TX2: The Year of the Tiger campaign, WWF’s first species specific global campaign in more than 20 years, launches with the goal to double the number of tigers by 2022.

  2. 2011

    WWF-US 50th Anniversary

  3. 2012

    Earth Hour City Challenge—a year-long competition asking U.S. cities to prepare for increasingly extreme weather and to promote renewable energy—calls on 1,700 towns to take action.

  4. 2013

    Thai Prime Minister pledges to end domestic ivory trade in Thailand, the world’s largest unregulated ivory market, marking a major win in WWF’s efforts to stop wildlife crime.

  5. 2014

    ARPA (Amazon Region Protected Areas), the largest tropical forest conservation project in history, receives funding to protect 150 million acres of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest.

  6. 2015

    WWF and Apple announce groundbreaking project to boost responsible forestry management and increase FSC-certified forestlands within China.

  7. WWF embarks on a bold new plan to protect Sumatra’s rain forest, in a key area known as Thirty Hills. Working with the Frankfurt Zoological Society and The Orangutan Project, WWF will help protect some of the most biologically important forests on the planet, along with the wildlife, indigenous communities and forest based carbon they hold.

  8. In September, over a million people sign a WWF petition to stop the slaughter of elephants.

  9. In December, 196 nations meeting in Paris, finalize a global agreement aimed at curbing climate change, and delivering on many of WWF’s key priorities.

  10. 2016

    In April, WWF and the Global Tiger Forum announce that the number of wild tigers has increased for the first time in more than 100 years.

  11. Apps for Earth, WWF’s collaboration with Apple in the 10 days around Earth Day, generates over $8 million in revenue and increased awareness.

  12. 2017

    In early March, nearly 2,500 people donated a total of $256,512 to extend bison habitat at the park from 57,640 acres to 80,193 acres, to sustain more than 1,000 bison.

  13. Through more than 60 face-to-face meetings on Lobby Day 2017, our activists shared with key legislators their concerns and hopes on topics ranging from stopping wildlife trafficking to tackling climate change.

  14. More than 1,000 WWF activists joined 200,000 marchers in Washington, DC, to show they support strong action on climate change.

  15. WWF and Walmart began working together to cut carbon pollution and curb some of the worst impacts of climate change to protect people and wildlife at risk with Project Gigaton.

  16. Together we assured the world that the United States is still an ally in the fight against climate change through the We Are Still In movement, a coalition of more than 2,500 American leaders outside of the federal government who are still committed to meeting climate goals.

  17. For the first time ever, WWF and research partners are now tracking river dolphins in the Amazon using satellite technology after scientists successfully tagged dolphins in Brazil, Colombia, and Bolivia.

  18. WWF teamed up with Conservation International, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the Nature Conservancy to form the Global Mangrove Alliance.

  19. 2018

    The number of critically endangered mountain gorillas—a species once at risk of extinction—continued to grow due to conservation efforts. A survey shows that populations in the Virunga Massif grew to 604 individuals, up from 480 individuals in 2010.

  20. Together with partners, WWF led a comprehensive, science-based analysis on the state of the world’s free-flowing rivers, and we are working to identify and protect critical rivers around the world.

  21. With WWF’s support, ministers from Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay signed a tri-national declaration to protect the Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetland.

  22. Thanks to a series of conservation measures enacted by Belize’s government, the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System has been removed from the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger sites.

  23. 2019

    In 2017, over 2,500 WWF donors and those from partner organizations raised nearly $750,000 to build 45 miles of a new fence that extends bison habitat in the park to 80,193 acres. In October, WWF released bison into the new area—the first time they’ve touched this land since 1877.

  24. More than 1 million acres of forest land in China is now managed responsibly or under improved forest management, thanks to a joint initiative by WWF and Apple.

  25. For the first time ever, WWF and partners mapped the location and extend of the planet’s last remaining free-flowing rivers.


  1. WWF partnered with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe; their economic arm, REDCO; and Rosebud Tribal Land Enterprise to secure nearly 28,000 acres for what will become North America’s largest Native-owned and managed bison herd.

  2. The greater one-horned rhinos in Manas National Park are making a comeback thanks to joint conservation efforts under the Indian Rhino Vision 2020 initiative.

  3. With funding from the Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust, WWF announced an $854,100 investment in Ocean Rainforest, a small for-profit company that operates a seaweed nursery, farms, and processing facility around the North Atlantic’s Faroe Islands.

  4. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit for developers to build the controversial Pebble Mine in Alaska, marking an important moment in the decade's long effort to protect Bristol Bay.

  5. 2021

    HP announced an $80 million expansion of its forest conservation partnership with WWF to help restore, protect, and improve the management of nearly 1 million acres of forest around the world by 2030. With this next step in our decades-long relationship, HP now becomes WWF’s largest U.S. corporate partner.