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Reforestation Grants


By 2025, WWF aims to protect and improve the management practices of at least 25 percent of the world's forests to benefit biodiversity and forest dependent communities by working with partners and stakeholders at local, national, and international levels. EFN is contributing to this goal by providing Reforestation Grants to local organizations in select WWF priority areas to plant, protect, and preserve trees. Together, these locally-led projects are helping to restore and reforest tropical areas of significant conservation value.”

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Since 2012, EFN supported the planting of more than 1,323,778 trees in 19 different countries.

What WWF Is Doing

With generous support from The UPS Foundation, WWF’s Reforestation Grant Program is helping to protect and restore tropical forests and the important wildlife that depend on these forests to survive.

Hawksbill Turtle | Mesoamerican Reef

Hawksbill turtles feature overlapping scales on their shells that form a serrated look around the edges. Sea turtles at large represent a group of reptiles that have existed on Earth for the last 100 million years. They help maintain the health of coral reefs by removing prey from the reef’s surface, which provides better access for reef fish to feed.
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Sloth | Amazon and Tropical Andes

Sloths, the slow-moving canopy-dwellers of Central and South America, move through the canopy at a rate of about 40 yards per day. Given their exceptionally low metabolic rate, sloths spend between 15 and 20 hours per day sleeping. The health of sloth populations depends wholly on the health of tropical rainforests.
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Jaguar | Amazon and Tropical Andes

As the third-largest cat in the world, jaguars can weigh more than 300 pounds. They’re strong swimmers and climbers living in wet and dry forests, savannahs, and shrub lands. Jaguars face the threat of habitat loss, often from deforestation and degradation.
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Asian Elephant | Borneo and Sumatra

Asian elephants play a large role in contributing to the health of their forest habitats. Feeding on a variety of plants, these massive creatures deposit seeds wherever they go. The species is extremely sociable and forms groups of six or seven related females that are led by the oldest female—the matriarch.
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Orangutan | Borneo and Sumatra

Orangutans make their homes in lowland forests, spending much of their time in the trees. They generally live solitary lives, feasting on wild tree fruits like lychees, mangosteens, and figs. This diet helps disperse seeds that help their forest homes thrive.
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African Wild Dog | Coastal East Africa

Wild dogs are social animals, gathering in packs of around 10 individuals, though some packs measure as large as 40 individuals. They’re fast, too, reaching speeds of more than 44 miles per hour. WWF works to create protected areas, particularly of important wildlife corridors, that benefit wild dogs and other species.
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Black Rhino | Coastal East Africa

Rhinos are among the oldest groups of mammals. Namibia has one of the largest black rhino populations in the world, and the species is an important source of income from ecotourism for local communities. Black rhino populations have grown from their low point of 2,400 in 1994 to more than 5,000 in 2014.
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Gorilla | Congo Basin

Gorillas display many human-like behaviors and emotions, such as laughter and sadness. They share 98.3% of their genetic code with humans, making them our closest cousins after chimpanzees and bonobos. They live in family groups of usually five to 10, led by a dominant male.
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Chimpanzee | Congo Basin

Chimps are highly social animals and, like humans, they care for their offspring for years. They use sticks as tools to fish termites out of mounds and bunches of leaves to sop up drinking water. Though they usually walk on all fours when they come down from treetops, Chimpanzees are able to walk on their legs like humans.
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Snow Leopard | Eastern Himalayas

Snow leopards scale great, steep slopes with ease, thanks to their powerful build. Their long tails provide balance and agility. Snow leopards also use their tails to keep warm when resting. They live in the high mountains in 12 countries.
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Tiger | Eastern Himalayas

Tigers are arguably the most iconic of the big cats. Their stripes are unique to each individual, much like human fingerprints, and scientists rely on those patterns to track and count the animals. Tigers tend to live alone, apart from associations between mother and cubs.
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Saola | Greater Mekong

Saolas are the first large mammals new to science in more than 50 years. In May 1992, the Ministry of Forestry of Vietnam and WWF discovered the species during a joint survey. Saolas have two parallel horns with sharp ends that can reach 20 inches in length.
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Irrawaddy Dolphin | Greater Mekong

Irrawaddy dolphins are regarded as sacred animals by both the Khmer and Lao people. The population is scarce, with estimates of 78 to 91 individuals estimated to still exist. Only three rivers are home to these dolphins: the Ayeyarwady, the Mahakam, and the Mekong.
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Ring-tailed Lemur | Madagascar

Ring-tailed lemurs are found only in the southern and southwestern forests of Madagascar. They live in troops of up to 25 individuals and rely on 15 different sounds to keep the group together during foraging and to send alarms when predators approach.
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Parson\'s Chameleon | Madagascar

Parson’s chameleons are endemic to Madagascar, meaning they can only be found living naturally in the wild one island off the east coast of Africa. They’re the largest chameleon in the world by weight. Parson’s chameleons can be found in the high branches of trees.
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Coral | Mesoamerican Reef

Coral reefs boast the greatest known species diversity of any marine ecosystem. Their vertical growth and complexity provide numerous niches for different species to fill. These fragile and diverse habitats exist in sunlit waters along continental and island margins.
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