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Hey Mer in Myanmar

A small-scale farmer leads the way for big changes to rubber farming in Myanmar

Hey Mer is not just producing good quality rubber, she is doing so in accordance with farming practices that don’t degrade the forests or mistreat workers. Such steps are necessary to protect the environment and human rights, but also to ensure good rubber prices for farmers and a long-lasting rubber industry.

  • An illegal logger in Tanzania becomes a forest defender

    March 21, 2018

    When his three daughters were hungry, Omary Mbunda would turn to illegal timber for money. That changed when the CARE-WWF Alliance—a partnership focused on creating food systems that better nourish vulnerable communities while supporting healthy ecosystems—began promoting sustainable forestry management and conservation agriculture in Mbondo in 2015.

    Portrait of Mbunda
  • As monarch butterflies lose ground in Mexico, WWF seeks solutions in America’s heartland

    When we think of wild animals losing their habitats, we usually envision elephants, rhinos, and tigers in faraway places. But monarch butterflies are losing their homes right here in the US—and our food is playing a part.

    Monarch among goldenrod
  • Gorilla twins of Dzanga-Sangha turn 2 years old

    January 25, 2018

    Inganda and Inguka are the first twins born to habituated western gorillas in the Dzanga-Sangha Protected Areas complex in the Central African Republic. Their second birthday is a reminder of the important work of the Primate Habituation Program.

    Gorilla twins Inganda and Inguka with their mother
  • Stranger Things: Meet the waxy monkey tree frog

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2018
    Annoyed by the cost of sunscreen? You might envy the waxy monkey tree frog. This amphibian produces a waxy substance that covers its skin with a protective layer—basically, frog sunblock.
    Big Frog Smaller Waxy Tree Frog Magazine Spring 2018
  • Looking out for orangutans in Sumatra

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2018
    Thanks to a groundbreaking agreement between a WWF-founded company and the residents of a rain forest village, Sumatran orangutan habitat is more secure than it was just a few years ago.
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  • Saving a forest stronghold

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2018
    Deep within Africa’s second-largest country, Salonga is a core part of one of Earth’s greatest and last tropical forests, still virtually untouched by modern-day resource extraction and development.
    rangers paddle down a river in Salonga National Park
  • Charting a future for bonobos

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2018
    The future of bonobos in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is beginning to look promising. WWF is increasing surveillance of them and creating a management plan that benefits people and wildlife.
    Congo Bonobos Magazine Spring 2018
  • Women rising

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2018
    WWF is working to empower women by teaching them sustainable farming techniques, building their leadership and entrepreneurial skills, and ensuring their representation in decision-making bodies.
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  • Protecting the elusive Sumatran rhino

    The Sumatran rhino is so rare and elusive that even the most senior of the rangers have never seen the animal in the wild. But just because you don’t see something doesn't mean it’s is not there.

    Sumatran rhino
  • Celebrating the biggest conservation wins of 2017

    December 13, 2017

    As 2017 comes to a close, we’re taking a moment to highlight some of our biggest conservation successes of the year. And we couldn’t have done it without your support.

    Myanmar Elephant Restricted Campaign
  • Tiger ranger, scientist, and detective

    November 30, 2017

    Pavel Fomenko is a man of the wilderness and tiger protector with WWF-Russia. Here is his story.

    Pavel Fomenko sets up camera trap
  • 4 unseen benefits of protecting tigers and their habitat

    November 29, 2017

    From the world’s largest mangrove forests in the Sundarbans to temperate forests in the snowy mountains of Bhutan, protecting tigers and their natural homes helps provide benefits for thousands of other animals and millions of people.

    tiger in tall grass
  • Creating a future for healthy forests in Bhutan

    November 11, 2017

    Bhutan now has a great means for bringing that commitment to life—long-term funding to ensure its protected areas, which cover half of the country, are properly managed forever. It is the first initiative of its kind in Asia and one of only a few in the world.

    Bhutanese mountains in sunset
  • New species of orangutan announced

    November 02, 2017

    A new great ape species—the Tapanuli orangutan—was officially announced by an international team of scientists today. With 800 or fewer individuals, the Tapanuli orangutan is the rarest of all great apes.

    Tapanuli orangutan
  • New photo evidence of snow leopards in northeast India

    October 23, 2017

    For perhaps the first time ever, a snow leopard was captured by a camera trap in a remote forest in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. Arunachal Pradesh remains largely unexplored, making this photographic evidence of snow leopards especially significant. 

    snow leopard caught by camera trap
  • WWF's Matt Erke on landscape management in Nepal's most precious valley

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2017
    Matt Erke works on landscape management projects that restore forests, engage and benefit communities, and protect ecosystems critical for biodiversity in the Himalayas.
    insidetrack erke winter2017
  • Why Colombia’s Sandra Valenzuela never gives up on fighting for peace and protecting the land

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2017
    Valenzuela has spent almost half her life dedicated to a more peaceful Colombia, and particularly to how conservation can help the country achieve that peace.
  • A look at the natural world of Colombia

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2017
    Heritage Colombia is a conservation financing project designed to secure protections for Colombia’s natural landscapes.
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  • Heritage Colombia

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2017
    With the peace agreement comes the opportunity to restore the health of the country’s protected areas and prevent damage or loss to the many wild wonders that still exist.
    colomia birds winter2017
  • Supporters help WWF launch emergency plan to stop Myanmar’s elephant poaching crisis

    August 10, 2017

    Amid a dire poaching crisis, wild Asian elephants in Myanmar received swift and essential aid from thousands of WWF supporters committed to protecting this iconic species. More than 3,000 people donated $263,211 in less than four weeks to fund an emergency action plan to train rangers and get boots on the ground to fight wildlife crime.

    Tusked elephant
  • WWF helps a mountain community protect forests and adapt to climate change

    July 31, 2017

    WWF recently concluded a project that worked closely with local communities to reduce land degradation, forest loss, and climate change vulnerability in the Himalayas in Nepal. Empowered by the Global Environment Facility, WWF worked directly with the government of Nepal to design and implement the project.

    A forest in Nepal.
  • Amazing image of wild tiger in Bhutan

    July 28, 2017

    Filmmaker and photojournalist Emmanuel Rondeau spent four weeks in the wildlife corridors of Bhutan with a camera trap poised to capture the elusive tiger. After weeks of waiting, a tiger appeared on the final day of the expedition. The result? The first high-resolution camera trap image of a wild tiger in Bhutan captured above 11,000 feet.

    A tiger walking in Bhutan.
  • A prey's-eye view of the elusive jaguar

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2017
    Solitary, beautiful, and elusive, the jaguar is the biggest native feline to roam the Americas.
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  • An Amur tiger’s journey back into the wild

    June 29, 2017

    In mid-October of 2016, an Amur tiger was seen in the Russian city of Vladivostok. Despite efforts to capture him, he proved elusive, and gained international attention. On October 20th, he was finally captured and taken to a rehabilitation center. After being rehabilitated, he was released into his new home, Bikin National Park. 

    Male Amur tiger in the forest