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WWF works to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife, collaborating with partners from local to global levels in nearly 100 countries.
WWF is working to protect elephants and stop wildlife crime
Today, poaching is one of the most immediate threats facing wild elephants. Despite the international ban on ivory trade in 1989, illegal demand for ivory has continued to grow. In the past few years, criminal networks have become even more ruthless in their pursuit of ivory. Entire herds of elephants within protected areas have been killed. In some places, like Cameroon, well-armed poachers crossed international borders to carry out their heinous crime. As demand for blood ivory rises, more than 30,000 elephants are slaughtered—every year.
Vulnerable protected areas are not the only things that make wildlife crime possible. There is an unbroken chain that links the slaughter on the ground to thriving black markets, where ivory and other illegally harvested products derived from wildlife are traded. The only way to really stop wildlife crime requires an unflinching commitment to end the poaching, break the trafficking links and dampen demand. It will take cooperation from governments, commitments from consumers, including in the United States, and strengthening law enforcement to stamp out corruption.Please give generously today h
These were important victories that you helped make possible, but more remains to be done to ensure a future for elephants and other wildlife. Together we will continue to expand our efforts to stamp out wildlife crime.
A huge new marine reserve could give sea turtles a future
Today, only seven species of sea turtle remain in the world’s oceans, at risk from habitat loss, wildlife crime, marine pollution and climate change. But the key threat to most sea turtle species is bycatch, which occurs when sea turtles are caught in nets or on longline hooks used during unsustainable fishing practices. As these practices are conducted over larger and larger areas, they represent a significant threat not only to marine species like sea turtles, but also to fishing communities that now face challenges feeding their families as fishing stocks are depleted and biodiversity is compromised.
Five of the seven remaining species of sea turtle spend at least part of the year off the northern coast of Mozambique, one of Africa's least developed countries and an area threatened by exploitation of many resources.Please give generously today h
With the protected area established, we now turn our focus to the work, building local capacity to realize community-based natural resource management on a scale never before achieved.
WWF brings big players to the table, with bold new promises
From Africa to the Amazon, rampant deforestation is an urgent threat to forest-dwelling wildlife species—from birds to primates. Forests also support the lives and livelihoods of indigenous communities and play a critical role in regulating our climate, which makes deforestation an urgent threat to nearly all life on Earth. By one estimate, up to 58 million square miles of forest are lost each year, the equivalent of 36 entire football fields every single minute.
WWF is an international leader in compelling governments to protect their forests and in getting companies, from retailers to paper producers, to stop unsustainable deforestation practices. Thanks to WWF’s Global Forest and Trade Network, more and more forestry companies have been pledging to harvest and purchase sustainable products—but we are in a race against time to save remaining old-growth forests. That’s why every big company that agrees to stop using destructive deforestation practices represents a major win for wildlife, people and the environment.Please give generously today h
As Suzanne Apple, vice president of business and industry for WWF puts it, “This kind of leadership is critical to conserving the places and species we are working so hard to protect.”
Creating the first tribal national park in the U.S. and restoring bison to their ancestral homelands
Once, bison roamed the American plains by the millions, but fencing, overhunting and destruction of prairie habitat, along with restrictive laws intended to protect domestic cattle, have left few truly wild bison in the American heartland.
The Oglala Sioux Tribe treasures bison, known as tatanka in the Lakota language, for their natural and cultural roles on the prairie and creates a vision to fulfill their dreams of bison restoration.Please give generously today h
In the words of the tribe’s biologist Trudy Ecoffey, “There’s a lot of cultural pride in having the animals there.”