Stories

  • Coastal community heroes

    April 08, 2021

    Coastal communities are the stewards of the ocean, and their livelihoods directly depend on its health. Six people living at the intersection of land and sea around the world tell us why they are so committed to the ocean and what it has brought to their lives.

    Small woven houses sitting on top of a system of stilts out in clear blue water with a green boat anchored nearby
  • Carnivore collaring in Zambia helps protect wildlife and communities

    April 07, 2021

    In an effort to better understand large carnivores like lions and wild dogs, scientists in Zambia use radio collars to track their movements, distribution, and behavior. The more we know about these umbrella species, the better we can protect them and mitigate human-wildlife conflict with the communities they share land with.

    Portrait of a large male lion standing in tall tan grass
  • What does the world gain when we protect tigers?

    April 01, 2021

    Tigers and the habitat they live in provide untold benefits to people, other wildlife, and the climate. Tom Gray, who is the Tiger Scientist at WWF's Tigers Alive Initiative, explains what's at risk if we were to lose tigers.

    Tiger walking in tall grass in a beautiful golden light
  • Eye to eye: An up-close encounter with gray whales in Mexico's Baja Peninsula

    March 30, 2021

    Every late winter and early spring, gray whales navigate to the protected bays of the Baja Peninsula, to mate or give birth to their young. Getting up close to these amazing animals is an unforgettable experience.

    A close-up of a gray whale underwater but near the surface
  • 4 rivers and wetlands we love, and can't afford to lose

    March 22, 2021

    This World Water Day, we’re celebrating 4 rivers and wetlands that we love, and cannot afford to lose.

    Two lakes in the Pantanal
  • Growing the herd

    March 18, 2021

    Help bring bison back to their native home in the Northern Great Plains.

    Bison facing front with herd behind
  • Exciting new survey shows stable snow leopard population in Mongolia

    March 17, 2021

    Mongolia’s first-ever national snow leopard survey shows that the country’s population of this elusive, big cat is stable. The survey confirmed the presence of approximately 953 snow leopards—an exciting discovery because it indicates that current conservation efforts are effective and will help develop future strategies to protect this charismatic big cat.

    A snow leopard stalks along a mountain pass in Mongolia
  • The great monarch migration

    March 16, 2021

    Every year, the Eastern monarch butterfly flies up to 2,500 miles from its breeding grounds in the US and Canada, all the way down to its hibernation grounds in central Mexico. These tiny creatures have the most highly evolved migratory pattern of any known species of their kind, but this unique phenomenon is under threat.

    Monarch butterflies
  • A collage of various faces using Zoom to participate in Lobby Day 2021
  • A Voice for the Forest

    March 08, 2021

    Separated by ocean and land, countries apart, WWF’s Jan Vertefeuille reached out to Nety Riana Sari to talk about the role that women have and play in conservation efforts to protect the “Thirty Hills” rain forest in Sumatra, Indonesia, as well as her personal journey in navigating the world of environmental conservation.

    Nety Riana Sari stands beside a tree overlooking a forest and smiles at the camera
  • Protecting India’s fisheries

    March 08, 2021

    Dr. Vineetha Aravind is the lead coordinator for shrimp and cephalopod fisheries that are working to improve their sustainability through fishery improvement projects. She's helping to introduce new fishing nets that will reduce the amount of bycatch.

    Several fishing boats float in a canal-like space with palm trees in the background
  • Meet the women in tech blazing a trail for conservation

    March 08, 2021

    Women leaders have established themselves as a formidable force in sustainability positions within tech. Though a relatively new discipline, this trend is helping to modernize environmental sustainability and conservation efforts as we know them—and will undoubtedly see its impact grow in the next decade.

    Florence Adewale stands in front of a group of elephants gathered under a roof
  • Women and a man search through seaweed for microplastics on a beach on a sunny day
  • Why the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge needs more permanent protection

    March 04, 2021

    Climate change is rapidly changing the Arctic, and its implications are global. More oil to burn would only fuel the climate crisis and put the Refuge and everything living within it at risk from toxic spills and mishaps. Now is the time for bold action that permanently protects the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

    View of Aichilik River with shoreline in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
  • 5 forest-dwelling wildlife species we love

    March 03, 2021

    Celebrating World Wildlife Day with 5 of our favorite wildlife species living in forest habitats around the world.

    A side view of an adult jaguar walking in front of large tangled tree branches
  • A woman blows out a candle
  • How changing the way we think about—and use—single-use plastics can help people and nature

    February 26, 2021

    We can prevent a dire future, where plastic production is tripled by 2050, if we choose action now to reduce the number of single-use products produced and to ensure that the rest are made from recycled or responsibly sourced content rather than fossil fuels.

    A semi circle of plastics surround a tiny recycling bin on a blue background
  • How produce delivered by mail could help both people and nature

    February 24, 2021

    What if you could get fresh fruit and vegetables from local farmers delivered along with your mail? In a new analysis, WWF looks at how the United States Postal Service—your daily mail carrier—could bridge the gap between farmers and food shoppers, in a proposed program we call Farmers Post.

    A woman with brown hair in a plaid shirt picks a cucumber growing in a greenhouse
  • One-third of freshwater fish face extinction and other freshwater fish facts

    February 23, 2021

    Freshwater fish are vital for communities, economies, and ecoystems. But they are under increasing threat and need our help now more than ever.

    School of buffalo fish swim toward underwater camera
  • Whales and the plastics problem

    February 18, 2021

    Protecting whales is crucial to protecting healthy oceans for all of us. Yet even these ocean giants are being impacted by the "deadliest predator in the sea": plastic pollution.

    A sperm whale floats toward the surface of the ocean while a white plastic bag floats just below
  • WWF's Renee Johnson on the importance of diversifying the conservation space

    Our differences—the richness of all our unique views, experiences, and backgrounds—can help create stronger conservation outcomes. So we are taking steps to increase underrepresented populations within the organization.

    Renee Johnson smiles at the camera wearing a light green shirt
  • 5 lessons we've learned as women in conservation science

    February 11, 2021

    Scientists Shauna Mahajan and Gabby Ahmadia embrace a form of leadership that values cooperation over competition and challenge the barriers that women in science can face.

    Shauna and Gabby smile at the camera with their arms around one another in front of the ocean in Madagascar
  • What are thermal emissions and why are they critical to the climate crisis?

    February 09, 2021

    Thermal emissions are the greenhouse gases released from the processes of heating and cooling. Here are four things you need to know about them and what WWF is doing to tackle this challenge.

    Internal structure of a larger thermal power plant with metal pieces and a bright sky
  • Small-scale dairy manufacturing provides local livelihood opportunities in western Mongolia

    February 02, 2021

    Dairy is a staple in the diets of Mongolian people but until recently, the sale of milk products was not a prominent source of income for local herders. As it turns out, diversifying community livelihood options in this village in the Bayan-ulgii province has also led to increased protections for snow leopards in the area. A win for people, and a win for nature.

    An adult yak stands with two baby yaks staring at the camera with a mountain range in the background